Lucknow Metro –
Rapid transit system under construction in the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.The commencement of civil works started on 27 September 2014.Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation Limited a joint venture of the Government of India and the Government of Uttar Pradesh entrusted to build and operate the Lucknow Metro. The project will be the most expensive public transport system in the state. Total cost of phase 1 and 2 will be about $2 billion, of which ₹6,928 crore (US$1 billion) is being spent on phase 1. Partial commercial operation of Line 1 from Transport Nagar to Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station a distance of 8.5 km is started from 5 th September 2017. Lucknow Metro will have 2 Lines, the North-South line and the East-West line. The North-South corridor starts at Airport and goes to Munshi Pulia, with a total length of 22.878 kilometres (14.216 miles). The East-West corridor starts at Charbagh Railway Station and ends at Vasant Kunj. Both lines will intersect at Charbagh Railway Station.
Initially Lucknow Metro Rail Project was planned to include two corridors: North-South and East-West; and the Gomti Nagar link. The construction cost was estimated at Rs74.13 billion for North-South corridor, Rs 48.79 billion for East-West corridor and Rs4.95 billion for Gomti Nagar link.The North-South corridor was to connect Amausi airport to Munshipulia and cover a distance of 23 kilometres (14 mi), including 19.051 km elevated (11.838 mi), 0.774 km ramp (0.481 mi) and 3.053 km underground (1.897 mi).This corridor will have a total 22 stations including 19 overhead and 3 underground.The elevated stations would have included the Airport terminal, Amausi, Transport Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Singaar Nagar, Alambagh, ISBT, Mawaiya, Durgapuri, Charbagh. This shall be followed by an underground section that will include Hussain Ganj, Sachivalaya (Uttar Pradesh Secretariat) and Hazratganj. Here after, the track will be elevated again, stations in the sequence are KD Singh Babu Stadium, Lucknow University, IT College, Badshahnagar, Lekhraj Market, Ramsagar Mishra Nagar, Indira Nagar and a new terminus Munshi Pulia. For the Gomti Nagar link, the train coming from the airport terminal was to be diverted towards Gomti Nagar at the Indira Nagar trisection Polytechnic crossing along an elevated route. The planned stations were Indira Nagar Trisection, West End Mall [Waves Multiplex], Gomti Nagar & Patrakarpuram.The East-West corridor was planned to connect the Lucknow railway station at Charbagh to Vasantkunj on Hardoi Road and have a total length of 11 km (6.8 mi), including 4.29 km elevated (2.67 mi), 0.5 km ramp (0.31 mi) and 6.3 km underground (3.9 mi). This corridor was to have 12 stations including seven underground and five overhead. The stations at Lucknow Railway Station (Charbagh), Gautam Buddha Marg, Aminabad, Pandeyganj, Chattrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (King George Medical University) and Niwazganj were to be below ground level, and an elevated section for the Thakurganj, Balaganj, Sarfarazganj, Moosabagh and the Vasant Kunj terminal stations.
The designed speed of metro would be 90 km/h (56 mph) while the scheduled speed would be 34 km/h (21 mph) for North-South corridor and 32 km/h (20 mph) for East-West corridor. There would be only one depot at Vasant Kunj spread over a land measuring 20 hectares (49 acres). The Amausi Depot has been done away because of its proximity to the Airport and the subsequent reasons of security and safety.
In 2013, the Department of Urban Planning did away with the two-corridor layout and recommended a dense network of metro connectivity in Lucknow. The entire route has been proposed to be built overhead. Due to this, the overall cost of the project will go up due to an expanded network, the operating cost per km will be reduced. This is because the cost of constructing one km of overhead track is ₹1.8 billion (US$28 million) as compared to ₹5.5 billion (US$86 million) for an underground track. Also, an underground track consumes much more energy and is less safe. There is also a proposal to start a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) as a feeder service to the metro.
Funding of Lucknow Metro-
The state government and the central government provided funds for Lucknow Metro for first phase in the financial budget of 2014–2015 and 2015–2016.The state government provided funds for initial stage of surveys and construction of Headquarter of Lucknow Metro in 2012 and 2013 also. Lucknow Metro got clearance from PIB in December 2015. The Lucknow Metro has its own governing body, namely Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation situated in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow.
On 5 October 2015, French Engineering Firm Alstom bagged over 150 million euro contract to provide train coaches to Lucknow Metro. Lucknow Metro will initially have 20 train sets of 4 car each making a total of 80 cars. The trains will manufactured indigenous at Sricity plant of Alstom India.
- 2.90 m wide modern rolling stock with stainless steel body.
- Axle load – 16 T
- Seating arrangement – Longitudinal
- Capacity of 6 coach unit – 1574 Passengers
- Class of accommodation – One
Power supply –
The Lucknow Metro is supplied by a high-power 132-KV connection from UPPCL’s Sarojini nagar 400-KV substation, the most powerful grid substation in the city.
Alstom has won the contract of providing signaling and train-sets for Lucknow Metro. The system will make use of advance signaling based on CBTC, Alstom will be installing its state of art Urbalis signaling system based on CBTC. The system will be designed with 100s headway in mind.
Design of metro coach
French multinational Alstom is manufacturing the Metro train at its facility in South India. The front of the Metro has been conceived to portray the essence of some of Lucknow’s most iconic monuments, including Bara Imambara, Asifi mosque and the Roomi Gate, which is the signature edifice of the city. The Metro train’s exterior livery in golden hue is inspired by the traditional Chikankari craft of Lucknow. The blending of black in front is inspired from the modern feel of Hazratganj, Lucknow’s main commercial hub in the heart of city. Name of stations will be displayed in Hindi, Urdu and English on LCD screen.
Automatic fare collection (AFC)
An Indian firm and a Czech company were awarded the contract for providing the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system for the North-South corridor of Lucknow Metro in May 2016.
Personalized FM Radio Station
Lucknow metro will become the first metro in the country to have its own FM radio station along with a collaboration with private radio station to provide information regarding metro safety as well as on and off board entertainment. This service aims for infotainment and monetary purpose.
Bridge over river Gomti
A special bridge is planned over Gomti River for metro crossing near university. Its pillars are planned to be 10 to 15 meters deeper than normal bridges and is planned to be around 42 to 48 meters at various depths.
Lucknow metro will be providing WiFi to its passengers at each metro station. WiFi service will be free for all the ‘Go Smart’ Card holders, which holds various other benefits as well.
Lucknow metro will become the first metro in India to provide Commuters with free purified and chilled drinking water along with free toilet services at all of its stations.
- Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport
- Transport Nagar
- Krishna Nagar
- Singaar Nagar
- ISBT Alambagh
- Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station(Junction. Connected with Blue Line)
- Hussain Ganj
- KD Singh Babu Stadium
- Lucknow University
- IT Chauraha
- Lekhraj Market
- Ramsagar Mishra Nagar
- Indira Nagar
- Munshi Pulia
- Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station(Junction. Connected with Red Line)
- Gautam Buddha Marg
- Lucknow City Railway Station
- Medical College Chauraha
- Vasant Kunj
Trial runs started in December 2016 and commercial operation is to begin on 05-Sep-2017.
The phase 1B of Lucknow Metro will be completed by 2019.