Kanpur Metro Rail Project Report ready

Kanpur (CNB):  If everything goes well, Kanpurites may soon boast of a Metro train. A base report containing the details why such a train is needed for the industrial city is being prepared by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. The institute will submit the report to the Kanpur Development Authority (KDA) by the end of this month. After vetting, the civic body will forward it the state government. A meeting between the KDA authorities and the government in this regard is proposed to be held in February after completion of the process.

Though Metro train is still a distant dream for the city people, the KDA authorities are moving ahead with the hope that the project would see light of the day in near future. “After getting base report from IIT-Kanpur, we would analyze it and hand it over to the state government in the first week of February. A meeting in this regard would be held with the state government in Lucknow in February,” KDA vice-chairman Jaishree Bhoj told.

A KDA official said a feasibility study is an evaluation and analysis of the potential of a proposed project which is based on extensive investigation and research to support the process of decision making.

KDA is taking keen interest in the metro project as Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had announced in December that metro or mono rail would be run in seven cities of the state, including Kanpur. It was after this that KDA had contacted Prof Vasudevan of IIT-Kanpur and urged him to prepare a base report for the Metro train. P 3

According to KDA V-C, a base report consists of the details about why a metro train be run in the city and what is its need. After this preliminary round, an independent agency having expertise in metro projects would prepare a feasibility report for the train. This report will be submitted to KDA and later forwarded to the government for consideration.

The feasibility report would consist of in depth details about the project to be launched. After this, a detailed project report (DPR) will be prepared and if accepted, the government will arrange for funds.

KDA officials said soil of the industrial city has the capacity to bear maximum load of any construction, including the Metro train. “That the soil of the city has the load-bearing capacity is in itself is a good sign.”

Town Planner, KDA, Ashish Shivpuri, said: “The Metro project is in its very initial stage. Though till now no company has been formed which would operate and monitor the Metro project and no route for running it has been finalized, preliminary work is picking up fact.”

Earlier, Kanpur Nagar Nigam (KNN) had to find out the feasibility for running Metro train in the city. About six months back, certain work in this regard was done but later the project was put on the backburner. The KDA authorities were then handed over the project by the government with a view to find out the feasibility of such a train in Kanpur.

Interestingly, if the Metro train is run in the city it will go a long way in solving the traffic congestion problem and also reduce the pollution level. The denizens will have a faster mode of conveyance (public transport) which will save a lot of their commuting time.

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