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Metro corridor will cover a distance of 8.5 km from Transport Nagar to Charbagh over eight elevated stations; train services to be operational between 6 am and 10 pm daily

The Uttar Pradesh Government, on Tuesday, inaugurated the first phase of the Lucknow Metro line which will link Transport Nagar and Charbagh through eight elevated stations spread across an 8.5 kilometer stretch.

Union home minister and Lucknow MP Rajnath Singh along with Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and chief minister Yogi Adityanath flagged off the maiden run of the Lucknow Metro.

The train services will be thrown open to the public from Wednesday. The Metro services will be operational between 6 am and 10 pmdaily.

The first phase of the Lucknow Metro, covering the distance between Transport Nagar and Charbagh took a little over three years to be completed. Addressing the inauguration ceremony, chief minister Adityanath said that more cities across the state will soon be covered under the Metro project.

Kumar Keshav, Managing Director, Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) told media persons in Lucknow that the Transport Nagar-Charbagh Metro service is part of a 23 km North-South Metro corridor which is being executed by the LMRC from Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport to Munshipulia. The proposed East-West corridor, which is 11 km-long is likely to be completed by April 2019, Keshav informed.

Lucknow Metro inauguralThe foundation stone for the Lucknow Metro project was laid by Adityanath’s predecessor, Akhilesh Yadav on March 4, 2014 and though the trial run of the Metro train was conducted in December 2016, the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) had taken over nine months to clear the file (on August 14), robbing the Samajwadi Party a chance to showcase the multi-crore-rupee public transport service as its achievement.

Expectedly then, in the run up to Tuesday’s inauguration, as Adityanath sought to appropriate credit for the Metro services, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav wasn’t too happy.

In a televised commercial that began airing over the past few day, Adityanath had asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of launching the Lucknow Metro services was finally being realised. The commercial forced Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav to hit back at the state government through micro-blogging site Twitter.

The Congress party too jumped in, with former Union minister Rajeev Shukla asserting that it was Akhilesh’s SP government which got the Metro corridor constructed.

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