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Lucknow gets its own metro

Lucknow gets its own metro
05 Sep 2017
  • The Lucknow Metro was inaugurated today in the presence of UP Governor Ram Naik, CM Yogi Adityanath and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
  • For now, the Transport Nagar-Charbagh route will be in service. The network would open to public tomorrow morning.
  • This is part of the 23-km North-South Corridor. The second corridor, 11km long, will be called the East-West Corridor; it will be completed by April'19.

  • The all-women crew!
    The Lucknow Metro will be the first to achieve a praiseworthy achievement: trains will be operated only by women. Twenty-one drivers have already been selected and trained.

    The record was broken during the pilot run last December
    Trial run
  • Even the network's pilot run last December was managed by two women "to give more percievability to ladies drivers (sic)"- Pratibha Sharma and Prachi Sharma of Allahabad.
  • Both joined LMRC as station controller-cum-prepare administrators.
  • In fact, when the LMRC sought applications for train operator vacancies, as many as 3,827 came from women.
  • According to the Lucknow branch, other metros employ only 3% women operators.

  • Akhilesh Yadav calls it second inauguration
  • The launch of the metro was also an occasion for the former Samajwadi Party government to taunt the BJP.
  • SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary released photos of former CM Akhilesh Yadav's symbolic inauguration of his "dream project".
  • The metro couldn't be officially inaugurated earlier since the Centre didn't provide an NoC.
  • He accused the BJP government of doing nothing but changing names of SP's policies.

  • LMRC has to learn from Kochi Metro's oversight
  • Media similarly lauded Kochi Metro's progressive move: it was the first government organization to hire transgenders.
  • But within a week, eight of the 21 employees had quit: people weren't willing to rent them places, and those that did charged exorbitant rates.
  • The LMRC has to ensure its move doesn't backfire too: safety and other necessary facilities have to be ensured for its women employees.

  • Other facts about the Lucknow Metro
  • Initially, the four-coach trains will accommodate 1,100 passengers with a seating capacity for 200.
  • In another first, it will calculate ticket price based on number of stations, not distance. Fare will range between Rs. 10-60. Children shorter than 90cm won't be charged. Smart Card will offer 10% discount on ticket price.
  • There will be separate sections for women and the physically-challenged.

  • This post first appeared on NewsBytes: Latest News, Breaking News India, Today News, Current News, please read the originial post: here

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