By Accommodation Times Bureau
Kanpur: The Metro era is now here, making big waves not just across Metro cities but slowing and systemically diving into tier 2& tier 3 cities. With the near completion of the Lucknow Metro, Kanpur is gearing up to finally start documentation and receive tenders. However, sources state that owing to it’s narrow lanes Kanpur metro will in all possibility be an underground metro and work for the same is likely to begin from early next year. The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) which is the coordinator of the Lucknow Metro will undertake work for the Kanpur Metro and the DPR has sought initial funding from the state government, which has been approved and forwarded to the Center for further approval.
An LMRC’s senior official said, “We have tried to convince the government to give us some initial funds to begin the tendering of its works this year so that we are able to begin construction by early next year. We have sought around Rs 25-30 crore as the initial fund to start the process.”
The cost of construction per km is estimated at about Rs 350 crore.The DPR suggests main corridor of about 26 km length from IIT Kalyanpur- Rawatpur, Mall Road, Phoolbagh to Naubasta. The second route from GSVM government medical college – via Govind Nagar Road- Fazalganj Chouraha to Vijay Nagar crossing up to Bara sector 8 will be 10 km long.