Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath launched the civil construction work for the Kanpur Metro‘s priority section, from IIT-Kanpur to Moti Jheel, on Friday. The chief minister launched the project after a “Bhoomi Pujan” at the main gate of IIT-K.
- Addressing the gathering, he said metro trains will soon run in Kanpur too, adding that he has instructed the authorities to complete the first phase of the work at the earliest.
- Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri also attended the inauguration programme.
- Preparations have been made to build the pillar of the metro overbridge from IIT to Kalyanpur in the first phase, said Mr. Kumar Keshav, Managing Director (MD), Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC).
- He said that the feasibility study for the project was carried out by the Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) in June 2015.
- It was done to curb traffic congestion, which was hampering the growth, development and prosperity of Kanpur, he added.
- The contract to build the viaduct of an 8.728-km-long elevated section of the priority corridor was awarded to Afcons Infrastructure Ltd on September 13 and the piling work began in full swing from Friday, Mr. Keshav said.
- He added that the corridor was expected to be completed by December 2021.
- The 8.728-km long priority section will have 8 stations — IIT-Kanpur, Kalyanpur Railway Station, SPM Hospital, CSJM University, Gurudev Chauraha, Geeta Nagar, Rawatpur Railway Station, Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital (Moti Jheel).
- The estimated expenditure for the section is about Rs 2,000 crore.
- It is expected that metro operations on the priority corridor will commence within two years.