UP Govt appoints DMRC as Interim Consultant for Lucknow Metro

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday appointed Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as its ‘interim consultant’ for launching the Metro rail project in the city. The DMRC would help initiate the ground work for the project like conducting survey of lands and buildings falling within its route, geo-tech study of metro corridor, besides working on rehabilitation and land acquisition policy.

The decision was taken at a state cabinet meeting. Apart from the DMRC, the Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) had also submitted its financial proposal. The DMRC was selected as it quoted Rs 13 crore against Rites’ Rs 19.5 crore.

The DMRC has been earlier involved in the spadework of Lucknow Metro project and even prepared the detailed project report (DPR) for it. Being an interim consultant, the corporation would carry out an action plan to select a general consultant. Officials of the Metro Cell said, once the loaning agency for the project was finalised, the general consultant would be selected as per their choice. Meanwhile, the DMRC would be the interim consultant which would look into the initial work of Metro rail in the city.

Besides selection of the general constant, the DMRC would be responsible to give a final shape to the Metro alignment. They would prepare a detailed report on land acquisition for the project, prepare environment impact assessment report and chalk out rehabilitation policy during metro construction. It would also prepare a proposal about shifting various utilities falling within metro route.

The DMRC would also assist in the selection of the priority section (first stretch of metro to be prepared) for beginning the groundwork of the first phase of Metro corridor. It would also appoint a detailed design consultant to prepare detailed designs and plans for the project. It would look after the project management work of priority section till the time a general consultant was appointed for the same.

Two Metro corridors are proposed in the project — North-South (N-S) corridor from Amausi airport to Munshipulia, with 3 underground and 19 elevated stations and East-West (E-W) corridor from Charbagh railway station to Vasant Kunj on Hardoi Road with 7 underground and 5 elevated stations.

While the construction of the first phase of Metro N-S corridor is expected to begin in the next few months and is estimated to complete by March 2018, E-W corridor would start after a gap of one year and complete by March 2019.