Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday flagged out yet another of his dream projects — the Lucknow Metro.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday flagged-off the first metro train in Lucknow. But the proud moment was when SP MP Dimple Yadav handed over the keys to Prachi and Pratibha, both from Allahabad, to run the first official trial run of the Lucknow metro.
Akhilesh Yadav first inaugurated the depot of the Lucknow Metro at the Transportnagar and then flagged off the trial run of the train from Awadh crossing near Sringarnagar station. The trials would be done between Transportnagar station to Maviya, around 6 kms.
“We have fulfilled all our promises. Whatever Netaji had announced in the manifesto, we have accomplished,” the CM said on the occasion, adding that the Metro had become a “necessity” for a growing city like Lucknow.
He said the Lucknow Metro was an example of how work could be completed in “less time”.
The project took 26 months and will be open to the public from March 26, 2017. Metro-man E. Seedharan is the principal advisor to the Lucknow Metro.
The entire 26 kms route of the Lucknow Metro from Amausi to Munshi Pullia is likely to be completed by January 2019.
The trail run evoked a strong criticism from the BSP chief Mayawati who said it was a decision taken in haste.
“It was done in haste to gain cheap popularity and smacks of ‘bachkani zid’ (childish stubbornness) of the chief minister,” she said.
However, the UP CM refuted the allegations and said, “We don’t believe in blame game. We are for development and support every move initiated for it.”