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Details of underground utilities sought for track design

Anupam Srivastava, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, July 31, 2013
First Published: 11:56 IST(31/7/2013) | Last Updated: 11:59 IST(31/7/2013)

To ensure that essential services are not affected during the laying of the metro rail track in the city, Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC), Jal Sansthan and Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration (LESA) have been asked to furnish details of all underground utilities.

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The details sought include power cables, underground lines, sewerage, water lines, storm water drainage system underneath and telecommunication lines and cables.

“A number of surface and underground utilities exist along the proposed Metro route. All of us know these are essential for the common man; they cannot be disturbed everyday. Jobs like laying of sewer lines and storm water management are once-in-a-century processes, so they have to be kept operational during the entire construction period,” said officiating vice-chairman and secretary of the Lucknow Development Authority, Ashtabhuja Tewari.

If all details are available, the construction agency would be able to lay the lines without disturbing these services.

However, LMC officials said sewer and water supply lines were largely affected wherever underground construction took place, so they were prepared for some repairs during the construction period.

Additional municipal commissioner PK Srivastava admitted it would be a big challenge for the civic agency when construction work for the Metro starts.

“There is a big task ahead of us. Already, Jal Sansthan has been asked to get ready with maps of sewer and water lines laid by them. We are going through maps of nullahs, underground drains and storm water drains.” He said the main task would be maintaining water lines, which would come in the way of the Metro track.

These services are essential and have to be maintained in working order during construction.

LESA general manager Shamim Ahmed said the power network depended on underground cables supplying substations and they would ensure these cables were not disturbed.

 “All drawings of these cables have been called for and LESA will fully cooperate with authorities in any development work,” Ahmed said.


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