"During frisking while entering Metro premises, Metro officials were able to collect approximately 20 kg tobacco and other related items like pan, pan masala, cigarette etc. from commuters," LMRC MD Kumar Keshav said.
Meanwhile, police resorted to lathicharge on Samajwadi Party workers in Lucknow's Transport Nagar shortly after the Lucknow Metro incident. SP workers claimed they were disallowed from boarding the Lucknow Metro.
After the Lucknow Metro came to a sudden halt during its first commercial run due to a technical snag that resulted in the passengers being stuck inside the train without light or air-conditioning for over an hour, Netizens have taken to Twitter taking digs at the government as well as the state of affairs in the country.
The Lucknow Metro corridor measuring 8.5 kilometers, over eight elevated stations, has been completed in a little over three years. It opens to the public on Wednesday promising a “cheaper, congestion-free and eco-friendly” ride.
The Lucknow Metro will also have the “most advanced signaling and train control system”, called Communication Based Train Control System (CBTC), which will enable trains to virtually operate on “driverless” mode.
CMRS Satish Kumar Pandey gave his approval to the LMRC after inspecting a trial run of a Metro train at the maximum operating speed of 80 kmph. He, along with senior LMRC officials, carried out the inspection on Monday.
The decision is likely to mount pressure on the Centre to ensure that PIB clearance is issued at the earliest to ensure that UP cannot blame the Union government for any delay in the implementation of the project.