Systra to design LMRC’s underground metro corridor

Lucknow (LKO):  French firm Systra in charge of designing Lucknow’s elevated metro track has been appointed as the detailed design consultant (DDC) of the underground metro corridor too. The construction of underground metro (3.5 km) from Charbagh to Hazratganj would begin in December, 2015.

LMRC board chaired by the chief secretary approved engagement of Systra to design the underground stations of Hussainganj, Sachivalaya and Hazratganj on Tuesday. LMRC said that Systra was already serving as DDC of elevated track (about 19 kms) of North-South corridor. “We have chosen one firm as the DDC for entire project so that there are no problems in coordination during construction of elevated and underground corridors”, said an LMRC official.

LMRC said since the project has to be completed in a tight time frame, it would be better to extend the contract of the existing DDC. His work would be to design civil, electrical and mechanical structures of the stations, corridor along the track. Following the Companies Act 2013, the board approved constitution of Investment and Audit committee of LMRC too.

Government had earlier asked LMRC to purchase private lands on mutual negotiation basis and had formed a committee to decide on rates. The board approved rates recommended by the committee for purchase of private lands on mutual negotiation basis too. LMRC said around 3 hectares of private land have to be purchased for metro project, out of which a majority (about 2.7 hectares) belongs to self-styled Godman, Asharam Bapu’s Ashram near the depot in Amausi. It said with board approving the rates, the land purchase process will speed up.