Putting a full stop on the dates of the official launch of Lucknow Metro, minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha told a private TV channel in Varanasi on Friday that it would take at least 4 months from the day the RDSO submitted its report to the railway ministry. Sinha also came down heavily on the outgoing Samajwadi Party government for misguiding the people on the date of Metro launch.
The Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) may submit the Lucknow Metro trial report to the railway ministry on Monday, according to Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation sources. The railway ministry will examine the report before forwarding it to commissioner, railway safety and the process may require some more time.
Sinha said that railway officials and others knew well how much time the ministry of railways and commissioner railway safety would take before giving final clearance to the official launch.
The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (LMRC) obtained speed certificate from RDSO, on February 20, after the latter went through the detailed designed of Lucknow Metro train.
With this speed certificate, train trial was conducted at maximum designed speed of 90 kmph last month.
Lucknow Metro has achieved all the parameters of safety and at the same time its performance was successfully evaluated during this high speed trial.
The Metro has gone through different tests before its actual passengers operations, that too under the watchful eyes of experts from France, Germany and Italy. It has also undergone load tests successfully, with artificial loads equivalent to crush loading of 8 passengers per square metre. Sand bags were used for this test.
According to a highly placed LMRC official, “Lucknow Metro has completed all its engineering work, electrification and work on track. Now stations are getting the final touch up. They are expected to be ready before March 25.”
However, the rates of tickets have still not been finalised as this requires permission from political bosses. Now with the swearing-in of the new government on March 19, this issue is also expected to be sorted out.
LMRC officials said work on phase II was going ahead as per schedule and digging by tunnel boring machines Gomti and Ganga was on in front of Bapu Bhavan and Mayfair.