Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath flagged off the maiden run of the Lucknow Metro in Uttar Pradesh’s state capital on Tuesday.
“The doors of development open naturally in a city which has Metro train service,” Singh said during the flagging off ceremony.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath promised to implement similar Metro projects in other cities of the state.
The first train was flagged off from Transport Nagar metro station by Singh, who represents the Lucknow Lok Sabha seat and the chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
The Phase-1 of the Lucknow Metro corridor measures 8.5 kilometers and has over eight stations will be open for public from September 6. In the initial days the metro services will be operational between 6 am and 10 pm everyday.
Managing Director of Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) Kumar Keshav said, “The corridor is part of a 23 km North-South Metro corridor which is being executed by LMRC from Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport to Munshipulia.”
He added that the the second proposed corridor, which is 11 km-long is called the East- West corridor.
The Lucknow Metro will also have the “most advanced signaling and train control system”, called Communication Based Train Control System (CBTC), which will enable trains to virtually operate on “driverless” mode.
Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav had flagged off the trial run last year.
The foundation stone for phase-1 of the North-South Metro Rail Corridor project was laid by ex Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on March 4, 2014 and it took over three years to build the network.