UP Cabinet’s nod to Lucknow Metro rail depot on PAC campus

Lucknow (LKO): UP cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod for construction of Metro rail depot on the campus of 32nd PAC battalion on Kanpur Road. The site is located near Amausi airport.

The cabinet has also authorized Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to make changes in the project proposal as per requirement to meet its implementation challenges.

As per the decision, home department will transfer around 52 acres of PAC land to Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) free of cost. LMRC is a special purpose vehicle formed by the state government to execute Metro project.

LMRC had surveyed the site in September and sent the proposal to various departments seeking suggestions and feedback. The final proposal was sent to the cabinet a few days ago which was approved on Wednesday.

The 83-acre PAC campus includes many buildings, offices, quarters, residences and parade grounds. All these would have to be redesigned. While depot of Metro rail’s North-South corridor would be constructed on 52 acres, the remaining 31 acres would be used for constructing dismantled structures.

An LMRC official said, “The structures occupy a lot of space since they are scattered. In the new layout we have proposed high-rise buildings to accommodate all the structures in a limited area.” He added, “We would first begin construction on new campus design so that people get rehabilitated and after that we will take up depot’s construction.”

The cabinet has asked home department to demolish all the structures falling within the proposed depot area and instructed LMRC to carry construction on new campus design at its expense. The depot design has been prepared by project’s interim consultant, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

The detailed project report (DPR), prepared by DMRC in 2001, had proposed depot site near the airport but since it came within the funnel zone of airport, the site had to be relocated. Accordingly, DMRC revised the DPR in 2013 and the depot was proposed at the present site.

Officials said the construction of depot would begin along with the construction of North-South corridor and is expected to take same time as the corridor. The depot would work as shelter for yards, testing tracks and trains.

The 23-km North-South corridor, running from Amausi airport to Munshipulia, is expected to be ready by March 2018. The 11-km East-West corridor, from Charbagh to Vasantkunj, is expected to be ready by March 2019.