Lucknow: In a reflection of the the Uttar Pradesh 's administrative functions, the proposed metro rail projects in Lucknow, Kanpur and Meerut remains confined to the bureaucratic files.

The slackness in the administration can be gauged from the fact that it’s been more than a month after Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) submitted its complete project report and a study of the route map of metro rail in the state capital, but the Lucknow Development Authority has failed to work on it any further.

The state government, in September 2008, had asked the DMRC to prepare a detailed report on the metro rail project in Lucknow. Though the DMRC submitted its report on April 18, 2009, the authority has not been able to come out even with a proposal on the project that would cost Rs 1271 crore.

In a similar project, a member secretary of National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) had written in April 2010 to the Uttar Pradesh government asking it to constitute a Corporation for development of a Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) in NCR.

However, the RRTS connecting Delhi with Meerut is likely to get delayed as the state government has put condition that it would give its final nod only after a detailed study of the project and taking an account of the cost of rehabilitation of the displaced.

Kanpur Metro in dark:

Despite repeated demands from the city residents, their dream of having a metro rail is miles away from becoming a reality.
A senior official of Kanpur Development Authority (KDA) that a survey regarding the feasibility of metro was started two years ago but nothing much happened on that front after that.

The officer said the Metro project is likely to see the light of the day only after some decision is taken on Lucknow Metro.


(JPN/Bureau)