The landscape of Lucknow will change forever once Metro Rail starts : Chief Minister
UP a state of unlimited potential : Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav
Implementation of Metro Rail project in Uttar Pradesh will usher in prosperity in the state : Mr. Mohammad Azam Khan
This is a historical project which will expedite development of Lucknow : Mr. Shivpal Singh Yadav
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav on Monday laid foundation stone of the northsouth corridor depot of the Lucknow Metro Rail project. He said that work on Metro project will begin soon. Through the Metro, the residents of the state capital will get a dependable, easy and accessible transport system, the Chief Minister added.
He also said that from today Lucknow’s name has been added to cities like Noida, greater Noida and Ghaziabad who already have metro rail projects. The Chief Minister also pointed out that the state government was committed to fast track the development of the city and after the metro rail chugs in the state capital, traffic will be decongested and commuting made easy.
Mr. Yadav added that after the metro rail project sees the light of the day, the face of the city will change forever and pointed out that to ensure that the metro rail project was world class and executed in time, the state government had appointed ‘Metro Man’ Mr. E. Sreedharan as an advisor to the project.
The Chief Minister also announced that after establishing the metro rail in Lucknow, possibilities of its replication would be explored elsewhere in the state also. Commending officials for continuously monitoring the spade work for the metro rail project, he hoped that the ambitious rail project would be completed in time. He also said that resource mobilization for the metro rail project was being worked out and a special purpose vehicle (SPV) named Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation Limited had been constituted.
The state government and the union government would have a joint share of 50:50 in the Metro Rail Corporation. In his address, the Chief Minister also enumerated a host of initiatives and welfare schemes taken up by the state government for the progress of the state. The programme was chaired by former defence minister and Lok Sabha MP, Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav.
In his address Mr. Yadav billed UP as a state with unlimited potential and asked officials to ensure that the project be completed within the set timelines so that people do not have to wait too long for the same. Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav also demanded that Mr. E. Shreedharan be given Bharat Ratna and said that he would write to the union government for the same. The function was also addressed by the Urban Development Minister Mr. Mohammad Azam Khan.
He said a large section of the population was being benefitted by the welfare schemes run by the state government and called the Chief Minister a visionary. PWD Minister Mr. Shivpal Singh Yadav called the Metro Rail project a historic project and said it will lead to fast development of the state capital. On the occasion, advisor to the state government for externally aided projects, Mr. Madhukar Jaitely also expressed his views. Saying that the project would be executed in a world class manner, he said at a later stage establishing of similar projects in Agra, Kanpur and Varanasi would also be considered. Before this, chief secretary Mr. Jawed Usmani said that Metro rail would begin the lifeline of the city and would lead to economic development of the state. Earlier, principal secretary urban development Mr. Sadakant welcomed the Chief Minister with a boquet and Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav, Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mr. Mohammad Azam Khan pressed the button and laid the foundation stone of the project.
Earlier, Mr. E. Shreedharan expressed his views through video conferencing from his village in Kerala. He said Lucknow was a developing city and the decision to bring in the Metro rail project was right and encouraging. Also present on the occasion were Jail Minister Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary, Health Minister Mr. Ahmad Hasan, Basic Education Minister Mr. Ram Govind Chowdhary, Agriculture Minister Mr. Anand Singh, Panchayati Raj Minister Mr. Balram Yadav and other members of the state cabinet.
Also present on the occasion were Deputy Chairman of State Planning Commission Mr. Naveen Chandra Bajpayi, principal secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. Rakesh Garg, Principal Secretary Information Mr. Navneet Sehghal, MD LMRC Mr. Rajeev Agarwal, Director Information Mr. Prabhat Mittal and other senior officials. During the function, the Chief Minister gave a cheque of Rs. 2 lakh, a citation and certificate to Ms. Pooja Yadav, who designed the logo of Lucknow Metro.