Alstom Transport India today handed over the keys for the first set of rolling stock for Lucknow’s Metro project from its manufacturing facility at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. The event was attended by the Lucknow Metro Rail Ltd.’s management team who along with Uttar Pradesh’s Commercial Taxes Minister, Yasar Shah, received the keys for the first set from Alstom India’s Managing Director Bharat Salhotra.
Alstom had won the Rs. 1069.81 crore rolling stock contract for supplying 20 Metropolis train-sets of 4 coaches each in September 2015 after which the LMRCL unveiled the trains’ preliminary design in February 2016 and the final design in May 2016.
As per a press release by Alstom in May 2016:
The design of Alstom’s Metropolis for Lucknow is a tribute to the city’s cultural richness. The front of the metro has been conceived in the spirit of some of the city’s most important monuments’ gates such as Bara-Imambara, the Asifi Masjid or the Roomi. At the lower section of the front, the V cutline symbolizes the dynamism and rapidity with which the Lucknow metro project has been handled to address the city’s high demand for mobility. The exterior livery is both highly modern and very much inspired by the traditional cashmere craftsmanship of Lucknow. Special attention has been paid to passenger comfort; Metropolis offers 186 seats in longitudinal configuration and two dedicated zones for passengers with reduced mobility. Screens displaying useful travel information have been placed in convenient locations inside the metro, visible to all.
After a final inspection, this train is going to be dispatched on a 2000 km journey to Lucknow and is expected to arrive in the city around November 15 so that trial runs can commence as scheduled in early December on the 8.48 km priority corridor between Transport Nagar and Charbagh. Eventually it’ll run on the entire 22.9 km north-south line between Munshi Pulia and Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport which is slated to be ready by mid-2019.
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