LMRC Organises Workshop on Implementation of Upcoming Metro Projects in UP
Lucknow, 3rd November: Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) today organised a workshop on implementation of upcoming Metro Projects in Uttar Pradesh under the New Metro Rail Policy, 2017. It was attended by Shri Rajive Kumar, Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh who was the ‘Chief Guest’ in the seminar.
The workshop was also attended by Shri Mukul Singhal, Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Planning Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Kumar Keshav, Managing Director, Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation Ltd., Shri O. P. Agarwal, CEO, World Resources Institute India, Shri Ankush Malhotra, Vice-President, Urban Mass Transit Company Ltd. (UMTC), Shri Piyush Kansal, Group General Manager, RITES Ltd., Government of India, Shri Anil Lal, Director, Systra India Ltd., Shri Dilip Jadeja, Vice – President, Rapid Metro Rail Limited, Gurgaon, Shri Nicolas Senger from Alstom (France) and other top level national and international dignitaries from the government and private sector.
The workshop which was organised at Lucknow saw the conclave of the top-notch Metro ‘brains’ from India and abroad. It involved presentations and discussion among the participants in order to explore the aspects of implementation of the upcoming Metro Rail Projects in important cities of Uttar Pradesh like Kanpur, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Gorakhpur, Allahabad and Jhansi under the norms and guidelines of the New Metro Rail Policy, 2017.
Shri Kumar Keshav, Managing Director, Lucknow Metro presented the opportunities and potential of Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) such as a Metro Rail in Uttar Pradesh. He said “in view of the fast growing need for mass rapid transit system in important cities of UP and evaluating it vis-à-vis other options of MRTS, Metro Rail system is often considered the most suitable urban transport system due to its high carrying capacity and speed along with safety and comfort of the travelling passengers”.
“Providing an efficient urban transportation system like Metro is an example of good governance. It has manifold socio-economic benefits to the society and the users”, the Managing Director added.
Shri Mukul Singhal, Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Planning Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh, delivered the keynote address at the seminar. He emphasized on the crucial aspects of the New Metro Rail Policy, 2017 and said that an elaborate and Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) forms the most important part of the new policy. It will be the deciding factor for prioritising and deciding the type of Mass Rapid Transit System that the city needs and will definitely help in a better implementation of the upcoming Project in the State.
This seminar also witnessed enlightening presentations and briefings on ‘Transit Oriented Development (TOD) along the Mass Rapid Transit route and Value Capture Finance along the route’ to deliberate the point of connecting Metro to people’s doorsteps for the Project’s financial viability and sustainability, ‘Alternative Analysis and Changed Requirements in preparation of Detail Project Report (DPR) for Metro Projects as per the New Metro Rail Policy, 2017’, ‘Formulation of Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) as per the requirement of Appraisal Framework of the New Metro Rail Policy, 2017’, ‘Light Metro of Jakarta’, ‘Axonis’ – a solution for Metro and light rail system etc.
Shri Rajive Kumar, Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh concluded the workshop by addressing it on the key features of the New Metro Policy, 2017. He said “standardization of Metro technicalities and zeroing in for the best mobility plan for any city in accordance the Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) will only lead to finding out a real solution of MRTS”. The Chief Secretary thanked Shri Kumar Keshav, Managing Director, Lucknow Metro for organising such an excellent seminar in a very short notice and suggested to continue with such workshops in the future also.
By Afzal Ali Shah Maududi, Editor