India’s ninth metro system is scheduled to be inaugurated in Lucknow on September 5 by India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Commercial operations on the city’s 22.878 km Line-1’s first 8.48 km elevated stretch with 8 stations between Transport Nagar and Charbagh will begin on the morning of September 6 at 6 am.
Construction on this section 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 the CMRS’ final safety inspection certificate on August 14 after a number of corrections and load tests.
Lucknow’s Line-1 is equipped with Alstom’s URBALIS 400 CBTC (communication based train control) signalling system and its Alstom rolling stock fleet is based out of the Transport Nagar Depot where 6 out of 20 4-coach train-sets have arrived. The LMRCL initially plans to operate only 4 trains with a headway of 7 minutes through 8 stations at Transport Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Singar Nagar, Alambagh, Alambagh Bus Stand, Mawaiya, Durgapuri and Charbagh –
LMRCL yesterday also unveiled their redesigned website with standard information on the system and the ability to recharge (top-up) smart cards.
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