Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched the civil construction work for the Kanpur Metro’s priority section from IIT Kanpur to Moti Jheel with ‘bhoomi pujan’ at the main gate of IIT Kanpur on Friday.
Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs and Kumar Keshav, Managing Director, Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) were also present during the event.
According to the Chief Minister, the metro rail would be inaugurated on November 30, 2021. As per reports, an investment of Rs 11,000 crore has been made for the Kanpur Metro project.
Speaking on the occasion, Puri said that more than 85 kilometers of metro line had already been laid out in Uttar Pradesh.
Kumar Keshav said that preparations had been made to build the pillars of the metro over bridge from IIT to Kalyanpur in the first phase.
“There is no problem in this two-kilometre stretch. The target is to complete the Metro project up to Moti Jheel in the next two years,” Keshav was quoted as saying.
Keshav also said that the contract to build the viaduct of an 8.728-km-long elevated section of the priority corridor was awarded to Afcons Infrastructure Ltd in September and the piling work began in full swing from Friday. The corridor is expected to be completed by December 2021.
According to UPMRC, the 8.728-km-long priority section will have eight stations — IIT-Kanpur, Kalyanpur Railway Station, SPM Hospital, CSJM University, Gurudev Chauraha, Geeta Nagar, Rawatpur Railway Station, Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital (Moti Jheel).