Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister flags off trial run of Kanpur Metro

Kanpur, India (Metro Rail Today): Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on flagged off the trial run of the Kanpur Metro rail service on November 10,2021.He said that the people of the city would be able to avail of the best transport within four to six weeks. The trial run was done for the IIT Kanpur-Motijheel corridor (first phase), covering a distance of nine kilometres. Yogi Adityanath said the process for the Kanpur Metro trial would be completed in the next four to six weeks.

The Metro project was launched on November 19, 2019. Yogi Adityanath, who flagged off the first trial run at the metro depot on the Kanpur polytechnic premises said Kanpur should have had a metro rail service a long time ago but other political parties kept ignoring the city’s requirements and the previous governments remained a failure on this front. He has instructed that the commercial operation of Metro should commence between December 15 and 20.

Kumar Keshav (Managing Director of (Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation) told the media ” From today train has begun officially, we are trying to start metro operations in 1.5 months on priority section. The finishing work of Metro stations are being done very rapidly and the stations of priority section will be completed soon.”

No city in Uttar Pradesh had a metro service before 2017, but it was now available in Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida and Noida, he said. Kanpur is going to join this club, he said, adding that the state would become the first in the country with Metro rail services in five cities. The process was sped up after 2017.

Satish Mahana (Cabinet Minister of Industrial Development, Uttar Pradesh),  Neelima Katiyar (Minister of State,Uttar Pradesh), Satyadev Pachauri ( Member of Parliament from Kanpur), Durga Shanker Mishra (Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary of India) were present on the occasion.

The Cm added, “The Kanpur Metro was a state-of-the-art service. Kanpur will not be a metro city in terms of population but truly a metro city after this launch.

For the last 19 months, the whole world and the country faced the Covid-19 global pandemic, he said, adding that despite this major obstacle, the UP Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) managed to complete the project and it was a big achievement.

In the first phase, the Metro trains would run on a nine-km route between IIT Kanpur and Motijheel. In the second phase, the service would be available on the Transport Nagar- Motijheel route as well. The trial began at 11 in the morning and ended at 4 in the evening, on the first day.

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