Talks between Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) have failed to break the deadlock on the location of metro station in the vicinity of Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport.
LMRC director (infrastructure) Daljit Singh, who had held a meeting with the AAI officials in New Delhi recently said the latter had refused to concede ground on the site in question for proposed metro rail station citing security concerns. The underground metro station has been proposed within a radius of 50-metres from the CCS Airport, the AAI, however, says it should be located outside the 100-metre stipulated security zone. “We gave them several examples, both here in the country and abroad where metro stations are in located in close proximity of airports but the (AAI) officials refused to budge,” said the official.
LMRC managing director Kumar Keshav now intends to take up the matter with the security commissioner of the AAI. LMRC officials said air-travelers’ convenience had been kept in mind while designing and choosing the location of the metro station for the CCS Airport. “We gave them (AAI) examples of China and Hong Kong where metro stations are located within 50-metres radius of the airports but the airport authority officials said they were helpless as the airport security Act did not allow it,” he said.
The LMRC is stuck with the design of the proposed section from Transport Nagar till CCS Airport till the AAI gives the go-ahead. Work on this two-kilometer-long section would be undertaken in the second phase of the project tenders for which were scheduled for October but may now have to be postponed. On the issue of providing land on lease to LMRC, the AAI is yet to give the green signal.
“We need around 5443 square meters of land for our Transport Nagar metro station. The airport authorities have so far given us an NOC for just a five-meter wide strip in the vicinity. The remaining land is yet to be made available,” he said. Sources said the matter had been brought to the notice of chief secretary Alok Ranjan, who has assured them that he would take up the issue with the AAI officials.