Lucknow, India (Urban Transport News): To boost public transport facilities in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government announced the allocation of Rs 1,175 crores in the state budget presented in the assembly on Monday for various metro rail projects.
There is a provision of Rs 597 crore for the Kanpur metro rail project in the budget presented by Finance Minister Suresh Khanna.
A target for starting the trial run of the first section of Kanpur Metro between IIT Kanpur and Moti Jheel has been set from July 31 and the commercial run from November 30. Besides, there is a provision of Rs 478 crore for the Agra metro rail project in the budget. However, no allocation was mentioned for Phase 2 of the Lucknow Metro Rail project.
The target for starting the trial run of the first phase of the project from Taj East gate to Jama Masjid has been set for July 31, 2021, while its commercial run from November 30, 2021. Rs 100 crore have been earmarked for Varanasi, Gorakhpur, and other metro rail projects in the budget.
"The allocation for Kanpur, Agra, Varanasi and Gorakhpur will give impetus to the metro projects in these cities. In all, there is a provision of Rs 1,175 crores for the metro rail," said Kumar Keshav, Managing Director of Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation.
The government has also made a provision of Rs 1,326 crore for the construction of India's first RRTS corridor between Delhi and Meerut in the budget.