Lucknow (LKO): After successful launch of viaduct construction of Lucknow Metro on Kanpur Road, LMRC (Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation) has also begun the process of DPR making of Varanasi Metro. The DPR work has been given to RITES Limited, an engineering consultancy company established by the GOI.
LMRC MD, Kumar Keshav is presently looking after the project. Out of various rounds of survey to determine probable metro routes in Varanasi, LMRC has decided to run about 25 kms of metro corridor across Varanasi in two stretches. The route is expected to cover Banaras Hindu University, Mughalsarai, Sarnath and major portion of Allahabad Road. Officials said, “Once the DPR is ready, LMRC will begin inviting tenders for civil construction.”
Alongside Varanasi, DPR preparation of Kanpur metro has also begun. The same work has been given to RITES. E. Sreedharan, who is also the Principal Advisor in LMRC said that he would give feedback to the state government on metro projects being planned in other districts of UP like Kanpur, Agra, Varanasi etc if his suggestions are sought.
He said that the corporation is in talks with the AAI to grant 6 hectares of land at reasonable rent. “We are paying very nominal annual rent for acquired lands under Kochi metro – around Rs 35 lakh per acre. This happens under the land transfer norms within government departments. The same rules should be followed in Lucknow’s project too”, he added. The tender of rolling stock and signaling would be received and opened on March 30. LMRC MD Kumar Keshav said, “Though demand would be made in bulk, the supply would be in stages as per demand. In the first phase, we will book 4 coaches for priority section which needs to be delivered in 65 weeks.”
Once the tenders are finalized, LMRC would brief the company about coaches’ specifications like colour scheme, seating, lighting and holding arrangements. The company would then prepare a mock-up of the coach. After getting it approved from LMRC, the company would begin construction.