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Kanpur Metro Rail project

Date: 30 December 2021 Tags: Infrastructure

Issue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Kanpur metro rail project in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

 

Background

The foundation stone for the metro project was laid in 2016 by then chief minister of the state, Akhilesh Yadav.

 

Details

  • The project took off in 2019 and the government has currently opened a 9 km stretch of the 32.5 km long route.  The total cost of project is Rs 11,000 crore.

  • The government took up work on a priority stretch, a route which will relieve the city of traffic congestion.

 

The metro route

  • The Kanpur metro will have two corridors. The first corridor will be a stretch of 23.8 km that has been planned from IIT Kanpur to Naubasta area of Kanpur city.

  • The second corridor will be 8.6 km route proposed from Chandrashekhar Azad Agriculture University to Barra area of Kanpur city. 

 

The inaugurated stretch

  • The priority stretch will have 9 metro stations. The second stretch would connect Motijheel to Transport Nagar area, which will have under-ground stations.

  • Initially, six metro trains will run on the 9km stretch of the priority corridor and then another six more trains will be added.

 

The technology

The project will make use of the ‘regenerative braking’ technology that will save energy. The technology ensures that for every 1000 units used, about 35 to 45 per cent units would be regenerated.

 

Other facilities provided

  • Every train will consist of 56 USB charging points. There will be facilities for talk-back button in case of emergency and long stop request button for the differently-abled. 

  • To reduce energy consumption, the train will use 100 per cent LED lights. LCD displays will be used for infotainment. CCTV cameras will be used for monitoring.