Thanks to my follower Kanha Srivastava (@k4nh4) on Twitter for sharing an image of Lucknow metro’s new depot!
Trains running on the Lucknow metro’s north-south line of which the 8.3 km priority section between Transport Nagar and the Charbagh Railway Station is currently under construction will be parked, maintained & repaired at a depot which is coming up at the PAC Grounds in Transport Nagar.
Like the elevated section, this is being built by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) as well. Richa Industries.
According to Lucknow Metro’s Detailed Project Report, the depot will serve these functions:
(i) Major overhauls of all the trains of N-S corridor
(ii) All minor schedules and repairs of N-S corridor
(iii) Lifting for replacement of heavy equipment and testing thereafter of N-S corridor
(iv) Repair of heavy equipments of N-S corridor.
Google Earth satellite imagery of the site:
Finally, here’s the image of the steel frame that has been built for one of the sheds within the Depot:
As a reminder, Alstom will be supplying 20 train-sets each consisting of 4 coaches and the Lucknow Metro Rail Corp expects to start trial runs towards the end of 2016.
For more updates on Lucknow’s metro, check out the Lucknow section of The Metro Rail Guy!