Durgashankar Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, has said that by next year, Metro will start operating in an area of 900 km in the country. Before Kovid, the number of passengers of the metro had reached 85 lakhs. At present it is around 30-35 lakhs. This number will increase to one crore as soon as the situation of Kovid becomes normal. He said these things during the New Urban India Expo at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan on Wednesday while describing the condition of metro in India on the centenary of independence.
The Union Secretary said that on the completion of hundred years of independence, at least one hundred cities of the country will run metro. Now the metro is running in 500 km in the country, then the target is to run it in 5000 km. Passengers will also be 2.5 crore then. Metro Lite, Metro Neo and Water Metro are less expensive options as compared to Metro. Mishra said that under self-reliant India, we have made a big leap. The companies of the country are winning in global tenders. It is a matter of pride that now the coaches prepared in India will run in Canada and Australia.
Metro network is being laid in the cities of UP: Keshav
UP Metro Rail Corporation MD Kumar Keshav gave detailed information about the proposed projects apart from the ongoing metro projects in the state. He said that in the second phase, there is a preparation to run metro in Lucknow from Munshi Pulia to Jankipuram, IIM Lucknow to Rajajipuram, Charbagh to SGPGI and Indira Nagar to Avadh Bihar Yojna Ekana Stadium in about 47.94 km, while in the third phase from Avadh Bihar Yojana to Airport and Metro operation is proposed in a radius of 32.03 km from Secretariat to CG City South. He said that metro work is going on fast in Kanpur and Agra. The nine-km priority corridor will be inaugurated in Kanpur next month. The state government has approved the metro light project in Gorakhpur. Apart from Varanasi, he also discussed future projects in Jhansi, Ayodhya, Saharanpur.
The focus will have to be on regional connectivity
Mangu Singh, MD, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation explained the successful experiment of Make in India in the field of metro through a detailed presentation. Brijesh Dixit, MD of Maha Metro told about Metro Lite and Metro Neo. NCRTC MD VK Singh said that by 2050 there will be 53 percent urbanization in the country. In such a situation, the focus will have to be on regional connectivity through metro. Chennai Metro MD Pradeep Yadav gave a presentation on cost management. DK Singh, Director, Kochi Metro Rail Corporation spoke on energy saving.