Search on for site to build Lucknow Metro Yard

Lucknow (LKO): Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) is finding it hard to find a land to establish metro-rail project’s construction yard. This yard would be used for building precast structures for the project.

LMRC requires a huge piece of land preferably near the metro route of North South (N-S) Corridor from Amausi Airport to Munshipulia to set up its metro yard. Finding a suitable piece of land near route alignment is integral as all kinds of civil construction would take place inside the yard.

Officials had written to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) around one and a half months ago to give about 15 acres of land strip on the Kanpur Road near the second entry-gate of Amausi airport. This land was perfect for setting up construction yard as its location was along the proposed N-S route. It was a huge land strip near the metro depot.

But AAI refused to give that land and instead offered area near the air strip. The authority later realised that the land was coming in between the funnel zone of the airport and has now suggested two alternative sites to LMRC for construction of yard. While one of the sites is near Shaheed Path, the other one is on the rear side of colony near airport.

LMRC officials said the land on Shaheed Path is too small, about 4 acres, and is highly uneven for construction of yard. The corporation has rejected the first site as there are some families living on it. The corporation feels it would be difficult for them to relocate families living on that land for years. LMRC is currently zeroing in on the second option which is a huge piece of land, about 40 acres at the back of the colony.

Though the land is sufficient, its approach is slightly constricted. Officials fear once construction begins, the approach road will be too narrow for movement of bigger vehicles carrying precast structures. An official said “we have to study the suitability of land as the approach road is too narrow. The suitability of land would be surveyed by DMRC ( Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) team when it comes to Lucknow. Based on their report, we would finalise the site.”

DMRC team would be travelling to the city on Friday to survey the alternative link routes namely Ring metro line, Mill Road link and Gomtinagar link route. It is likely that during the visit, DMRC team may also survey sites proposed for the yard’s construction. Principal advisor of LMRC E. Sreedharan will also be travelling to Lucknow on Saturday to decide on the future course of the project.

LMRC officials, however, maintain selecting a site for the yard was never that difficult as there are many vacant lands around the city. But since they wanted to build a yard near the corridor route, they are evaluating options to increase the road-width near the airport colony.