|Owner||Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation|
|Area served||Lucknow Metropolitan|
|Locale||Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Transit type||Rapid transit|
|Number of lines||1 (Operational)|
|Number of stations||21 (Operational)|
|Key people||Kumar Keshav, MD|
|Headquarters||Vipin Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh|
|Began operation||5 September 2017|
|Number of vehicles||80|
|Train length||4 coaches|
|System length||22.87 km (14.21 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) (Standard gauge)|
|Electrification||25 kV Overhead|
|Average speed||32–34 km/h (20–21 mph)|
|Top speed||90 km/h (56 mph)|
Lucknow Metro is a rapid transit system serving the city of Lucknow in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Construction of the line begun on 27 September 2014 with the 8.5 km (5.3 mi) stretch from Transport Nagar to Charbagh Railway Station which began its commercial operation on 5 September 2017, making it the fastest built metro rail system in the country. Full operation on Red Line stretch from Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport metro station to Munshi Pulia metro station began operation on 9 March 2019.
The Lucknow metro cover a distance of 22.87 km with 21 stations. It is the eighth longest operational metro network in India after the Delhi Metro, Hyderabad Metro, Chennai Metro, Namma Metro, Kolkata Metro, Noida Metro and Kochi Metro.
The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) has hired 35 customer relation assistants to assist commuters, especially senior citizens in getting tickets. LMRC has also provided free RO drinking water, toilets, escalators and lifts at all the stations.
The Lucknow metro project is the most expensive transport system in Uttar Pradesh to date with an estimated total cost for Phase 1A (Red Line) and 1B (Blue Line) of about $2 billion, of which ₹6,928 crore (US$970 million) is being spent on phase 1A. The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation, a 50:50 joint venture between the Government of India and the Government of Uttar Pradesh, was established to build and operate the metro.
Once completed, the Lucknow Metro will have 2 Lines (1A & 1B), the longer Red (North-South) line, running from Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport to Munshi Pulia chauraha with a total length of 22.87 km (14.21 mi), and the Blue (East-West) line, running from Charbagh Railway Station to Vasant Kunj. Charbagh Railway Station will serve as the junction station between the two lines. Further, Metro Phase 2 and 3 will consist of 6 lines of 74 km.
The current phase that is completed is between Munshi Pulia and Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport. The time that it takes to go from one end to another is approximately 40 Minutes with a maximum fare of ₹60.
The original design of the metro project included one north-south and one east-west corridor, with links through Gomti Nagar. Estimated costs for the north-south corridor were ₹5,413 crore (equivalent to ₹90 billion or US$1.3 billion in 2019), ₹3,611 crore (equivalent to ₹60 billion or US$840 million in 2019) for the east-west corridor and ₹495 crore (equivalent to ₹821 crore or US$120 million in 2019) for the link through Gomti Nagar. The initial layout of the east-west corridor started from Rajajipuram and ended at Hahnemann, after passing through Gomti Nagar via Hazratganj and Patrakarpuram, a distance of 14 kilometres (8.7 mi). However, in 2010 the design was changed so the corridor started from Vasant Kunj and terminated at Charbagh, a revised distance of 13 kilometres (8.1 mi).
The design of North-South corridor had two elevated sections, with a total distance of 19 km (12 mi), separated by a 3 km tunnel (1.9 mi). The length of the ramps between the elevated and below ground sections would total 0.8 km (0.50 mi). When completed, the corridor would run for a total distance of 23 kilometres (14 mi) and connect Amausi airport to Munshipulia. Passengers would be served by a total of 22 stations, with 19 elevated and 3 below ground. Elevated stations were to be located at Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, Amausi, Transport Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Singar Nagar, Alambagh, ISBT, Mawaiya, Durgapuri, Charbagh. Following Charbagh station, the line descends underground where Hussain Ganj, Sachivalaya (Uttar Pradesh Secretariat) and Hazratganj stations are located. The line then returns above ground for the remaining stations of the corridor, KD Singh Babu Stadium, Lucknow University, IT College, Badshahnagar, Lekhraj Market, Ramsagar Mishra Nagar, Indira Nagar and the terminus at Munshi Pulia.
The metro could accommodate speeds up to 90 km/h (56 mph) but the typical usage would be at speeds of 34 km/h (21 mph) for the north-south corridor and 32 km/h (20 mph) for the east-west corridor. Originally, the metro trains were to be housed in one of two depots, a 20 hectares (49 acres) depot at Vasant Kunj and another at the airport, but due to security concerns the airport depot was removed from the plan.
In 2013, a report published by the Department of Housing and Urban Planning of the Government of Uttar Pradesh resulted in major changes to the metro project. The two corridor design was scrapped and replaced with one featuring a denser network of connectivity. This revision resulted in the layout of route being entirely elevated with no underground sections. The increased coverage of the metro would raise the cost of the project but reduced the operating cost per km. The reduction in operating cost is impacted by the difference in construction costs of the line itself, one km of overhead track costs ₹180 crore (US$25 million) as compared to ₹550 crore (US$77 million) for an underground track. The underground design also raised concerns about safety as well as increased energy consumption. The report also proposed the construction of an elevated Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) as a feeder service to the metro.
Main article: Timeline of Lucknow Metro
|Line Name||Status||First Operational||Last Extension||Station||Length||Terminal||Rolling Stock||Track Gauge (mm)||Electrification|
|Red Line||Operational||5 September 2017||8 March 2019||22||22.87 km (14.21 mi)||CCS Airport||Munshi Pulia||Alstom||1435||25 kV OHE|
|Blue Line||Under development||(Expected 2024)||N/A||12 (Proposed)||11.1 km (6.9 mi) (Estimated)||Charbagh||Vasant Kunj||N/A||1435||25 kV OHE|
|Line Name||Stations||Length||Terminals||Opening Date|
|Red Line||8||8.5 km (5.3 mi)||Transport Nagar||Charbagh Railway Station||5 September 2017|
|2||2.67 km (1.66 mi)||Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport||Transport Nagar||8 March 2019|
|11||12.6 km (7.8 mi)||Charbagh Railway Station||Munshipulia||8 March 2019|
|Blue Line||12||11.10 km (6.90 mi)||Charbagh Railway Station||Vasant Kunj||2024|
Main article: Red Line (Lucknow Metro)
The Red Line was the first line of the Metro to be opened and connects Chaudhary's Charan Singh International Airport in the south to Charbagh in the central Lucknow. The line covering distance of 22.87 kilometres (14.21 mi) is being extended to Munshi Pulia. It is partly elevated and underground.
Main article: Blue Line (Lucknow Metro)
Blue Line is a proposed metro route of mass rapid transit system in Lucknow. It consists of 12 metro stations from Lucknow Charbagh railway station to Vasant Kunj with a total distance of 11.098 km (6.896 mi).
Over 50% of the Lucknow Metro rail project is funded through external debt from European Investment Bank. The Lucknow Metro has its own operating body, the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation, is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) and a 50:50 Joint Venture set-up by the Government of India and Government of Uttar Pradesh. LMRC is headquartered in Vipin Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow.
On 5 October 2015, Alstom was awarded a ₹1,102 crore (equivalent to ₹13 billion, US$190 million or €170 million in 2019) contract to construct twenty four car EMU for Phase 1A, based on their Metropolis design. The vehicles are to be constructed at Alstom's factory in Sricity, Andhra Pradesh.
WiFi is available at each station with free access for smart card holders. Other services include free purified drinking water and free toilets.
The North-South corridor of the Lucknow Metro uses an automated fare collection (AFC) system, provided by Datamatics.
Lucknow Metro's security is based on a hybrid model. The Uttar Pradesh Police, which has raised a dedicated squad of 393 personnel for this purpose from PAC, provides general security, which includes frisking, scanning, maintaining and having quick response teams (QRT) as per security norms, while a private security agency provides operational security, which including maintaining hygiene of the station and ensuring that people queue properly.
Personnel from the PAC were especially trained for providing security by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in New Delhi.
Apart from this, CCTV and metal detectors are installed at every metro station.
The cumulative ridership of the metro rail in Lucknow crossed 1 million in the first 70 days of commercial operation; the rapid-transit system received 31,688 passengers on its inaugural day of services, and recorded a ridership of 41,075 on 10 September.
As of June 2018[update], the daily ridership of Lucknow Metro ranges between 10,000 and 11,000; with monthly ridership being 480,000 in September 2017, 400,000 in October 2017, 300,000 in November and December 2017, and around 300,000 in January, February, March and April 2018. As of 2019, as many as 60,000 people are using metro service on a daily basis in Lucknow.
In January 2017, Hindi film Behen Hogi Teri became the first film to shoot scenes on the metro premises.
According to a recent PTI report, LMRC issued a statement releasing the data of the ridership figure. As many as 60,000 passengers travel by the Lucknow Metro on a daily basis.