Akhilesh keen to Operationalise Lucknow Metro Rail project before 2017 Assembly Polls

लखनऊ Lucknow (LKO):  UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav seems to be in a hurry to ensure the first phase of metro-rail runs in Lucknow from Amausi Airport to Charbagh Railway station by December 31, 2016 so that his government has ample time to showcase the development model before assembly elections scheduled in 2017.

Metro Man E.Sreedharan supervising the project as Principal Advisor of Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) had assured during his recent visit to city that he would complete the project by September 2017. But in a bid to run metro rail before elections, CM prevailed over Sreedharan and asked him to deliver the project at the earliest. LMRC is special purpose vehicle formed by state government to execute the project.

Akhilesh’s eagerness to expedite the project can be understood from the fact that he managed to lay foundation stone just a few days before code of conduct was implemented so that tender work and land acquisition formalities could be carried out without any problem during the elections. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav made it a point at the ceremony that officials complete the project in 18 months rather than to drag it on for three years.

While Akhilesh is leaving no stone unturned to start off metro work on time, his instructions to issue print advertisement for recruitment of managing director and three functional directors of LMRC remains unexecuted.

Reportedly, CM wishes to recruit experts from across the country with rich experience in delivering metro projects successfully. Even Sreedharan pointed out the delay and asked the chief secretary to issue advertisement soon. On Monday, Sreedharan inspected the entire North South corridor and proposed sites for metro stations. He examined the number of ridership, targeted land for acquisition, locations of stations and the design of metro depot in PAC campus off Kanpur Road.

He suggested the priority section of metro which was earlier proposed from Amausi to Alambagh should now be made from Transport Nagar (next station from Amausi) to Charbagh as the area fetches maximum ridership.