The final round of safety inspections on the Lucknow Metro’s 8.48 km Transport Nagar – Charbagh section of Line-1 are scheduled to be held over 2 days on July 27 (today) and 28 by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) from the Indian Railways’ Northern-East Circle.
Construction on this 1st stretch of the 22.878 km line, popularly called the ‘priority corridor’, started in September 2014 by Larsen & Toubro (package LKCC-01) and in September 2015 by SP Singla Constructions (package LKCC-02). Following an initial round of secretive testing, trial runs (testing) commenced on December 1 2016. The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation received the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO)’s speed certificate in March-end and then submitted their application to the CMRS after conducting exhaustive testing on the line’s viaduct, for as much as 16 hours a day, and had since been waiting for the CMRS’ team to scrutinize the paperwork and accept the invite.
In the upcoming inspection, the CMRS and his team will visually inspect the line’s tracks and all facets of the stations such as its PA system, signage, safety features, drinking water facilities, station access and control room. Images from recent CMRS inspections from other parts of the country can be viewed here (Kochi), here (Chennai) and here (Bangalore).
LMRCL’s fleet currently consists of 6 trains (14 more are on order), but they plan to initially operate only 4 trains at a frequency of 7 minutes through 8 stations at Transport Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Singar Nagar, Alambagh, Alambagh Bus Stand, Mawaiya, Durgapuri and Charbagh –
For images of Lucknow’s trains, stations and depot, see this.
Once approved, the line’s inauguration date will depend on the availability of local & national ministers. Lucknow Metro will then go on to become India’s 9th operational metro system and easily the fastest constructed project – trumping Kochi Metro’s Line-1 which just started commercial operations in June.
For more updates, check out the Lucknow section of The Metro Rail Guy!