On November 7, the Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) submitted their final Detailed Project Report (DPR) to Alok Ranjan – the Chief Secretary of the Government of Uttar Pradesh in the presence of heads of various government departments. This list of heads includes Kumar Keshav who’s the Managing Director of the Lucknow Metro Rail Corp (LMRC) which will be executing the Kanpur Metro project.
To sidetrack for a second, Kumar Keshav was earlier the Director of Project and Planning at the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and was instrumental in the design of many metro routes in Delhi, so the Lucknow Metro and Kanpur Metros are in good hands! Similarly, the LMRC is also responsible for coordinating the preparation of the DPRs for metro projects in Meerut, Agra (see details) & Varanasi, and will most likely execute/manage their approvals, construction and launch activities.
As a reminder, geotechnical investigation for Kanpur’s Metro has been carried out at multiple locations. Work to prepare the project’s DPR began in March 2015 and a preliminary DPR was submitted in August to the Kanpur Development Authority.
The DPR recommends two routes to be developed:
Line 1 – IIT Kanpur to Naubasta – 23.785 kms – 22 stations
Line 2 – Chandra Shekher Azad University to Jaurali – 8.6 kms – 9 stations
I’ve drawn both these routes on the map below:
Line 1 is pegged to cost Rs 9,500 crores and a portion of it will be built underground in the core of the city. The elevated stretch will be 15.164 km long while the underground stretch will be 8.621 km long. The proposed route would begin from IIT and would pass through Kalyanpur, Rawatpur, Mall Road, Phoolbagh, Kanpur Central Station, Jhakarkati Bus Terminal, Transport Nagar, Bara Devi, Kidwai Nagar to reach Naubasta. This line will have 28 trains each consisting of 4 coaches.
Line 2 will run from Chandra Shekher Azad University and pass through the vicinity of GSVM Medical College, Fazalganj, Vijay Nagar, Govind Nagar, Barra to reach Jaurali. This line will have 9 trains each consisting of 4 coaches.
As per the DPR, the trains will be run on standard gauge track (1435 mm) and will have a Peak Hour Peak Direction Traffic (PHPDT) of 16,800 passengers by 2021 for line 1 from IIT Kanpur to Naubasta.
After the UP government approves the project, the tendering process to select civil construction contractors and a General Consultant will begin!
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