EIB appreciates efforts of Lucknow Metro to conduct awareness campaign for increasing ridership
Committed to provide world class metro service to Lucknow city: Shri Sushil Kumar, MD, UPMRC
Lucknow: European Investment Bank (EIB) delegation concluded its three-day visit with an important meeting in Lucknow today on 21 October 2023. The EIB team, which visited Agra on October 19 and Kanpur Metro project on October 20, expressed satisfaction over the pace of construction work of UPMRC. The EIB team also praised the recent efforts made by Lucknow Metro to increase ridership.
The EIB delegation met with UPMRC officials at the Administrative Building in Lucknow today and expressed satisfaction by discussing the pace of construction work in Agra and Kanpur as well as the international quality and safety standards being adopted by UPMRC. EIB also discussed on the ongoing metro rail service of nearly 23-km-long on North-South corridor in Lucknow.
The EIB delegation appreciated the awareness campaign launched by Lucknow Metro in schools and colleges recently. Apart from this, the delegation also praised the birthdays/ kitties celebrated in the Lucknow Metro train and the exhibitions set up at the metro stations for increasing the ridership.
The delegation earlier visited Agra and Kanpur Metro Rail Project and appreciated both the Metro teams for the time-bound construction of the projects. The European Investment Bank is providing financial assistance of about 650 million euros to the Kanpur Metro Rail project. At the same time, financial assistance of 450 million euros is being provided by the EIB for two corridors of 29.4 km length of Agra Metro Rail Project. The total project cost of Kanpur Metro Rail Project is Rs 11,076 crore while that of Agra Metro Rail Project is Rs 8379.62 crore. The remaining funding is being done by the Central and State Governments.
Speaking on the occasion, Sushil Kumar, Managing Director, UPMRC said, “The Metro project is being implemented at a fast pace in a time-bound manner. With the help of EIB, we were able to start revenue services on the 9 km long priority corridor before the scheduled deadline. With EIB’s continued support, we will be able to start operations on the remaining section on time. Shri Sushil Kumar, MD, UPMRC, Sheel Kumar Mittal, Director (Finance), C.P. Singh, Director (Works and Infrastructure) and other senior Metro officials were present during the visit.