Prime Minister Modi inaugurates 9 km priority section of Kanpur metro project
Kanpur, India (Urban Transport News): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the priority 9 km section of the Kanpur metro rail project. He inspected the Kanpur subway rail project and undertook a subway ride from the IIT subway station to Geeta Nagar. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister Hardeep Puri were among those present on the occasion.
The Prime Minister congratulated the people of Kanpur for the connectivity of the metro and for the inauguration of the pipeline project. Recalling his long association with the city, he began his speech with many local references and a light commentary on the carefree and fun nature of the people of Kanpur. He also mentioned the role of the city in the formation of pillars like Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Sundar Singh Bhandari. He also noted the day today which is Tuesday and invoked the blessings of Panki Wale Hanuman ji for another golden chapter added to the development of Uttar Pradesh. âThe twin-engine government of Uttar Pradesh is now trying to make up for lost time in the past. We are working at double speed, âhe said.
The Prime Minister noted the change in image of the state of Uttar Pradesh. A state, he said, known for its illegal weapons, is now the hub of the defense corridor, contributing to the safety and security of the country. Commenting on the work culture of meeting deadlines, the prime minister said twin-engine governments are working day and night to complete the jobs where the first stones have been laid. âOur government laid the foundation stone for the Kanpur metro, our government is also consecrating it. Our government has laid the foundation stone for the Purvanchal highway, our own government has completed its work, âsaid Modi. He listed major achievements such as the largest upcoming international airport in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s longest highway is also under construction in the state, and the dedicated hub for the upcoming freight corridor in Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh.
The Prime Minister pointed out that before 2014 the total length of the Uttar Pradesh metro was 9 km. Between 2014 and 2017, the length of the metro increased to a total of 18 km. If we include the Kanpur metro today, the length of the metro in the state has now exceeded 90 km, he said.
It was a proud moment for the people of Kanpur as with the advent of metro services in the city, they will be relieved of the daily traffic rumblings and pollution. Being an industrial city with a population of over 45 lakhs, the demography of Kanpur has evolved rapidly and the start of metro services will surely decongest the overcrowded areas. The metro will provide connectivity to residential areas and leading institutions and become the city’s lifeline in the long run.
The construction of the priority section of the Kanpur metro started on November 15, 2019 and the test phase started on November 10, 2021 just after 2 years of start of construction works. It also holds the distinction of being the fastest built metro project. Civil works on this corridor were completed in less than 2 years and commercial operations were brought to a halt in just 2 years and 2 months.
Earlier this month, a three-day inspection of the 9 km priority section, including depot facilities, was conducted by Janak Kumar Garg, Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (RSMC) and his team at 20 to December 22. The CMRS team carried out a thorough inspection of the signage, public address systems, video surveillance, overpass, track and other basic facilities. Metro speed tests were also carried out to verify the functionality and operational feasibility of the internal systems. After its satisfaction, CMRS issued a safety clearance and a certificate of no objection to start the commercial services of the Metro train to the public.
Addressing the assembly on this auspicious occasion, the Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi said:
The government is committed to making the much needed change in Uttar Pradesh. It has already inaugurated many infrastructure projects in the state and the start of metro services in Kanpur has been one of them in the league. Today, Uttar Pradesh is among the fastest growing states of India with the maximum number of operational subways. The metro is becoming the lifeline of cities across the country. In recent years, the government has extended this network to several cities and even more cities will be connected in the times to come.
Continuing his remarks, the Prime Minister said: âThis is one of the great achievements of our government, as we have been able to deliver the projects on time. The government was able to start the commercial operations of Kanpur in just 2 years and 2 months, which is a milestone in itself â. âAs I traveled in an IIT metro to Gita Nagar, I felt excited and thrilled with the growth and development of the cityâ. âToday, Uttar Pradesh has become the economic engine of India. It is the only state in India with 5 operational metro projects â.
In conclusion, he said: âThe life of the people of Kanpur will surely become comfortable and they will be relived from the traffic jams. The inauguration of the 9KM priority corridor is a small step towards improving people’s lives.
The Prime Minister signaled the fiscal operations of the Kanpur metro by showing a green flag and pressing the inaugural button.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said: âThanks to the efforts of Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi over the past 6 years, today’s metropolitan network is growing rapidly. in Uttar Pradesh. Currently in Uttar Pradesh, Metro operates successfully in Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Lucknow. The construction works of the Kanpur and Agra metro projects inaugurated by the Honorable Prime Minister are proceeding at full speed. On behalf of the people of the State, I thank the Honorable Prime Minister for his immense contribution to the development and progress of Uttar Pradesh.
Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, said: âThis twin-engine government is delivering on its commitment to provide world-class transport to the people. We stand by our resolve to provide a comfortable and smart mode of transportation for people and the Kanpur metro on this line is just a step – we have taken this direction. In the coming days, Gorakhpur, Meerut, Agra, Prayagraj and Varanasi will also see a resurgence of similar infrastructural development. Cities will soon have a world-class mobility system.
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said, âThe government of Uttar Pradesh is turning people’s dreams into reality. The launch of the Kanpur metro will create more employment and business opportunities in the city. It will definitely transform people’s lives â.
Welcoming the start of revenue operations in Kanpur, Kumar Keshav, Director General of UPMRC, said, âThe city’s coveted dream has come true. We thank the people of Kanpur who, during these 26 months, have shown immense patience and extensive cooperation in successfully starting the revenue operations. Credit goes to the hardworking and dedicated UPMRC team who spared no effort to achieve this feat on time despite the COVID crisis. “
He added, âCarrying the legacy of providing world-class metro services to the people, I’m sure our UPMRC team will achieve a similar feat for future metro projects in the state. The remaining corridors of the Kanpur Metro, Agra Metro and the proposed Gorakhpur Metro Rail Lite are some of the projects under the auspices of the UPMRC which will surely be completed on schedule. It is our outright commitment to provide the safest, most convenient and reliable mode of public transportation for the people of Kanpur while bringing their travel experience to a world class level.
The 8.728km Priority Corridor of Kanpur Metro will connect IIT to Motijheel with 11 stations at IIT Kanpur, Kalyanpur Station, SPM Hospital, CSJM University, Gurudev Chauraha, Geeta Nagar, Railway Station from Rawatpur, Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital and Moti Jheel. This section is part of the 23,785 km of Corridor 1 (IIT – Naubasta) of the project.
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