MUD must appoint its own Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety: E.Sreedharan

CMRS-MUDLucknow: E Sreedharan said till now Metro trains safety was evaluated by Commissioner Railway Safety (CRS) appointed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation who also looks after the safety aspects on Indian Railways. Since Metro Rail projects come under the Union Ministry of Urban Development, it should nominate its own Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety especially for this purpose so that the timelines, safety and various other projects will get technically cleared in time.

If this happens then Lucknow would be the first city to have trains checked by first commissioner Metro rail safety.

LMRC chairman from Centre: After PIB clearance, Centre has become a party to Lucknow Metro. So, LMRC board would see the appointment of a chairman and four additional directors from the Centre. Secretary, urban development ministry would be made the chairman. The board would comprise 14 members, including LMRC managing director Kumar Keshav. While chairman would be the non-executive head, all executive powers would be vested in the MD.

Contractor’s section before Mar 2016: Sreedharan said LMRC would finalise tenders of underground section by early next year so that its construction can begin on time. The contractor would be given 30 months to complete the 3.5km underground stretch from Charbagh to KD Singh Babu Stadium in North-South corridor. The stretch has three underground stations – Hazratganj, Hussainganj and Secretariat. Metro Man has instructed LMRC to explore alternative routes along the underground section so that traffic can be diverted during construction.

Traffic diversions during construction: LMRC would soon begin surveying alternative routes which can be opened for traffic movement during construction of underground stations. The traffic would be impacted along 3.5 km stretch in North-South corridor between Charbagh and KD Singh Babu Stadium. The construction would begin early next year.

EIB loan by year-end: Sreedharan said European Investment Bank (EIB) will soon be signing a loan pact with the Centre and state government to fund Lucknow Metro. He said the first installment would be released by December this year. The bank would charge 1.1 % interest on the loan amount. The loan would be realized through ‘letter of credit’ where LMRC would submit bills of expenditure to an international bank (third party where project’s money would be deposited), which after being verified by the bank would be reimbursed by EIB. EIB has to give Rs 3,502 crore loan for N-S corridor.