Keeping an eye on the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections next year, the central government of India has approved Kanpur’s 32.39 km & Varanasi’s 29.2 km Metro projects! The Detailed Project Report for both projects were prepared last year by RITES and then submitted to the Uttar Pradesh government’s cabinet which approved them on March 14 and April 18 respectively.
As per a govt official who interviewed with the ET:
Ahead of the 2017 UP elections, the Varanasi metro could be a positive issue both for the Centre, given it is the PM’s constituency, as well as the Samajwadi Party , which could showcase its development projects by way of an operational metro in Lucknow by 2017 and work commencing in Varanasi and Kanpur. The Centre has wasted no time in approving the Varanasi project
RITES submitted Kanpur Metro’s Detailed Project Report to the UP government on November 7 2015 recommending the 2 lines shown below with an interchange at Rawatpur Railway Station. The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation in December went ahead and invited bids from technical services firms to provide Detailed Design Consultancy services (contract yet to be awarded). The Kanpur Development Authority recently invited designs for the Kanpur Metro Rail Corporation’s logo with an award of Rs 20,000 to the winning entry.
• Line 1 – IIT Kanpur to Naubasta – 23.785 kms with 22 stations at IIT Kanpur, Kalyanpur Railway Station, Kanpur University, Gurudv Chauraha, Geeta Nagar, Rawatpur Railway Station, Moti Jheel, Harsh Nagar, Gwai, Chunni Gunj, Naveen Market, Bada Chauraha, Phool Bagh, Kanpur Central Railway Station, Jhakarkati Bus Terminal, Transport Nagar, Rania, Kendranchal, Pashupati Nagar, Baudh Nagar and Naubasta.
• Line 2 – Chandra Shekher Azad University to Jaurali – 8.6 kms with 9 stations at CSA University, Rawatpur Railway Station, Kakadeo, Vijay Nagar, Govind Nagar, Barra-7, Barra-8 and Jarauli.
Note that roughly half of the metro system is planned to be underground (shown in blue)
RITES submitted Varanasi Metro’s Detailed Project Report (DPR) to the UP government on February 29 2016 recommending the 2 lines shown below with an underground interchange at Benia Bagh. The UP government’s cabinet then approved the project on April 18, the fastest any metro project has been approved in India.
• Line 1 – BHEL to BHU – 19.35 km with 17 stations at BHEL, Tarna, Shivpur, Sangam Colony, Gilat Bazar, Bhojubeer, Collectorate, Nadesar, Varanasi Junction, Kashi Vidyapeeth, Rathyatra, Benia Bagh, Kashi Vishvanath, Bangali Tola, Ratnakar Park, Tulsi Manas Mandir and Benaras Hindu University
• Line 2 – Benia Bagh to Sarnath – 9.885 km with 9 stations at Benia Bagh, Kotwali, Machoori Park, Kashi Bus Depot, Jalalipura, Punchikrshi, Abapur, Havelia and Sarnath
Note that roughly 80% of the metro system is planned to be underground (shown in maroon)
Both projects have been allocated only Rs 50 crore in the Uttar Pradesh government’s budget for 2016-17, so I do not expect any construction contracts to be given out this year. At the most, the new designated metro organizations for each will begin recruitment activities to staff their organization, and later invite bids for the General Consultant services & civil construction.
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