Lucknow Metro construction to start in Sept, assures Sreedharan

Meeting for a final approval by the GoI to LMRC, which will enable it to become a partner in the project, will take place August 25.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: August 22, 2014 3:32:19 am
metro-L Former DMRC MD E Sreedharan holds a meeting with Lucknow Metro officials in Lucknow on Thursday. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

‘Metroman’ E Sreedharan Thursday assured that the construction work of Lucknow Metro will start in the “third or fourth week” of September as promised to the Chief Minister and the public.

Talking to journalists here, Sreedharan said the applications for the position of three directors have also been received and the selections will take place on September 12 and 13.

A total of 73 applications were received for three vacancies of directorial positions, out of which 47 have been shortlisted and will be selected next month. He also informed that the tender for a general consultant will be floated within a month.

Terming the appointment of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) technocrat Kumar Keshav as LMRC managing director a “milestone”, he said “the essential team will be in position within 15-20 days.”

Sreedharan also informed that the tender for civil works in priority section – Transport Nagar to Charbagh – has received “a resounding response with eight companies bidding for the work”.

The technical evaluation is underway in DMRC, Delhi, and after that the financial bids will be opened and the bidder will be selected within a week. Additionally, the bidder for the special span, which would be an overhead link without any pillar for about 96 metres at Mawaiya railway station, will be finalised within a month’s time.

“We also plan on acquiring the land for the depot within 2-3 months’ time and by that time we will float the tender for its construction too,” Sreedharan said.

He informed that the Public Investment Board (PIB) meeting for a final approval by the Government of India to LMRC, which will enable GoI to become a partner in the project, will take place August 25 and once cleared, it will go to the Union Cabinet.

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