The European Investment Bank (EIB) team’s 5 days long visit starting from 9th April 2022 to 13th April 2022 was aimed at reviewing the progress of operational and under construction metro projects functional under the aegis of Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation.
After reviewing the progress of under construction projects of Agra and Kanpur Metro Rail Projects; the team expressed satisfaction over the pace of execution of the under construction metro projects. On the last day of their visit that is on 13th April 2022, UPMRC MD, Kumar Keshav accompanied by the team of directors and EIB team took a metro train ride from Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport Metro Station to Hazrat Ganj Metro Station. During a metro train ride; the EIB team appreciated the advance features of the train. They also praised the aesthetically constructed state of the art and architecture of the metro stations.
Shri Kumar Keshav, MD while explaining the nuances of intricately designed architecture of the metro stations to the EIB team said that “All the metro stations of the Lucknow Metro reflect the essence of local culture. The chikan-kari impressions on the walls of the Hazrat Ganj Metro station represent the local embroidery skills of the artisans”.
He further said that “Metro is amongst the robust mode of transport which not only saves time and money but also provides world class comfort to the people. We are committed to provide safe, secure and comfortable traveling experience to the commuters”.
“Uttar Pradesh is the most populated state in India in terms of demographics. Today it has the maximum number of operational metro rail networks. In the coming years, these metro rail networks are expected to increase by manifolds. The life of people in Uttar Pradesh is already witnessing a revolutionary change due to the commencement of metro rail. We will indeed keep on putting our best efforts in this direction and work for the betterment of the people. Considering the future prospects in mind, we will keep on striving hard in our endeavors to provide unparalleled services to the people of Uttar Pradesh”.
After their visit to Lucknow Metro Stations, the EIB team met Shri Durga Shankar Mishra, Chief Secretary, Uttar Pradesh. He highlighted the fast progress of Uttar Pradesh in the presence of EIB team. He also praised the role of UPMRC for accruing fastest construction of the metro network in Uttar Pradesh. The aspirational India, under the leadership of PM Shri Narendera Modi is witnessing modernization of urban mobility and it is elevating the lifestyle of the people at the same time.
Continuing his words he said that “Uttar Pradesh is a large state with immense potential. Metro is operational in 780 KMs and another 1100 KMs is under construction. India is very dynamic in terms of developing metro systems. Metro is bringing change in the routine life of commuters. It is decreasing the carbon-foot print and traffic congestion in various cities”.
Concluding his words he said that “Government of Uttar Pradesh is committed in its resolve to deliver all the projects within in the stipulated time lines. Therefore to serve this purpose, it has adopted smart approach and project monitoring system which ensures that every task of development is carried in sync with our expectations”.
The EIB after the visit to Chief Secretary’s office visited the Lucknow Metro Headquarters. They had a detailed discussion with MD, UPMRC Kumar Keshav, and Directors of the organization. All the senior officials from UPMRC participated in this meeting. The EIB team praised the hard work and incessant efforts of UPMRC team in maintaining world class standards in the upkeep of operational and under-construction metro projects.
The EIB team said that “UPMRCs project delivery model is indeed an example for the world. Construction of Lucknow and Kanpur Metro are certainly the ideal models of transport infrastructure projects that are bringing drastic changes in the lives of the people. Today when world is encountering devastating effects of climate change; this Green Mobility System can be seen as the most reliable solution for mitigating the impact of pollution”.
EIB team also expressed its interest in Gorakhpur Metro Lite Rail project. Representatives of EIB said that “Tier-2 cities of India have a great potential and infrastructure for endorsing such metro systems”.
Concluding their words, they said that “EIB will continue to support UPMRC and its role in India’s development is praiseworthy”.