Metro Rail Connectivity in Uttar Pradesh
Metro Rail Connectivity in Uttar Pradesh
India is one of the foremost emerging economic powers of the world. It is the self-resilient economy backed by skilled man power, natural resources, infrastructure, growing industrialization and a huge consumer base that are driving this growth. Uttar Pradesh is the most populated province and hence, the state is going through phenomenal growth in urbanization during the last few decades. This, together with rapid changes in socio-economic environment of the State, has played a crucial role in increasing motorized mobility in urban areas. With growing development in cities across the state, the enhanced traffic on the road has now become the cause of concern, as it is a combination of motorized and non-motorized vehicles like scooters, motor-cycles, buses, cars, cycles and rickshaws, resulting in fuel wastage, environmental pollution and increasing number of road accidents. This necessitates a policy shift to discourage private modes of transit and put in place an effective and flexible community transport system in order to develop policies. It will facilitate the integration of the three aspects of sustainability-economy, society and environment.
Metro Rail connectivity has already been introduced in some of the major cities of Uttar Pradesh, whereas, concrete plans are on the anvil for introducing this facility in other prominent cities.
Success of Metro Rail in Uttar Pradesh
The Yamuna Bank – NOIDA section of the Delhi Metro was dedicated to general public with effect from 13th November 2009. This opened a new chapter in the modernization of public transport system in Uttar Pradesh. NOIDA earned the distinction of becoming the first city of the state as well as the first National Capital Region (NCR) city to be connected to the Metro network. The length of this section is 13.1 kms and it has ten stations. (Source NOIDA)
Ghaziabad Development Authority has taken over the metro rail projects which will connect different parts of Ghaziabad to the Metro Rail Network of National Capital Region (NCR). The project is proposed to be completed in three phases.
As per the MOU signed between Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA), land is being provided by GDA for station and station facilities, including parking.
The 2.57 kilometer long stretch from Anand Vihar to Vaishali section of the Delhi Metro was opened for the general public on July 14, 2011. It is the extension of the 6.26 kms long Yamuna Bank – Anand Vihar Metro corridor which is also called Line 4 (Blue Line). The section comprises of two stations namely Kaushambi and Vaishali. This stretch is expected to add more than 40,000 metro commuters into the system. (Source GDA)
This proposed Metro Rail starting from the City Centre Metro Station in Noida, would reach at Noida-Greater Noida Expressway in Greater Noida passing through Sector 32 via Sector 51,83,101, 143, 147,Knowledge park II ,Alpha, Delta to Knowledge park IV and would touch the famous Pari Chowk of Greater NOIDA. A part of the track will be elevated while the rest of it will be on the ground. The estimated total cost of the project is around Rs 5,000 crore, which would be borne by Noida Authority and Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority. This 29.707 Km long, new Metro line will have 22 stations en route. (Source Noida)
Lucknow, the capital of the state, has expanded manifolds with increased need for a smooth community transport network. Therefore, a Rapid Transit System is proposed for Lucknow also, which shall be built and operated by the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation Limited (LMRC).
The proposed Lucknow Metro track would comprise of two corridors – a 22.994 Kms North-South Corridor and another 11.09 Kms East-West corridor, whereas, Gomti Nagar link will be stretched to 3.547 Kms, making the total length of the project to be 37.639 Kms.
Lucknow Development Authority has been nominated as nodal agency for executing the project with an estimated cost of Rs. 12,671 crore. (Source Housing Deptt.)
Major cities of importance from the viewpoint of tourism, education and industry, have been indentified by the state government for introducing Metro Rail system.
Now, the wait for a better, reliable and safer transport system is expected to be over soon for the people of Uttar Pradesh. Metro rail transit system will not only result in saving in travel time for commuters but will also help in reduction in travelling cost, atmospheric pollution and traffic accidents. Moreover, on a larger perspective, it would reduce fuel consumption, vehicle operating costs besides increasing the average speed and life cycle of road vehicles. This system will prove to be a crucial factor in accelerating the growth rate of Uttar Pradesh, which in turn improves the infrastructural facilities for setting up industrial, institutional, educational and residential projects in Uttar Pradesh.
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