Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union minister for housing and urban affairs and minister for petroleum and natural gas Hardeep Singh Puri will also be present during the inauguration ceremony.
According to the media cell of UPMRC, PM Modi would first visit the IIT-Kanpur Metro station, where he would board the Metro train and become the first passenger of the service. He will travel upto Geeta Nagar Metro station and this will mark the end of his Metro journey. From here, the PM would proceed to the Railway Ground in Nirala Nagar where he would address a political rally. Also, from this same venue he would inaugurate the Kanpur Metro service.
Ahead of the launch of the Metro services, Kanpur Metro trains have been beautifully decked up. All nine Metro stations have been tastefully decorated. The minimum Metro fare has been kept as low as Rs 10.
After the inauguration, children of a primary school would be allowed to board the train and travel.
On November 15, 2019 that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had inaugurated the civil construction work of Kanpur Metro. Followed by this, on November 10 this year, the trial run of Kanpur Metro commenced on the Priority Corridor in the presence of the CM, secretary, housing and urban affair, Durga Shankar Mishra, principal secretary, housing and urban planning, Deepak Kumar, managing director, UPMRC, Kumar Keshav and other dignitaries.
All the nine stations of the Priority Corridor have been certified with platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). The entire stretch has been developed in accordance with the green building codes, which makes it safe for the environment. Due to its stringent compliance with the green building codes and parameters, it has been certified with the ISO-14001 certification for environment management and ISO-45001 certification for safety management.
Earlier this month, the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), during his three-day visit from December 20 to December 22 of Kanpur Metro inspected the via-duct, track, PA systems, signage, safety, security arrangements, drinking water facility, stations and technical rooms. On the third day of the visit, the CMRS tested the speed of the Metro train which was found to be satisfactory. The CMRS visit was successful and Kanpur Metro was given NOC for the commercial run on the Priority Corridor.
“The Kanpur Metro will run on the Priority Section from ‘IIT-Kanpur to Motijheel’ with three coaches. After the inauguration of operations by the Prime Minister, the commercial services for the public will be opened from December 29. The daily Metro services will be available from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Initially, ticketing with QR code will be available and later on, smart cards will also be introduced for the people. With the advancement in technology, the ticketing model introduced by us will enhance the daily commuting experience in Kanpur city to a world class level” said Kumar Keshav.
He further said, “Metro is the safest mode of transit which will not only provide a comfortable, safer and secure travel experience but also change the way people commute every day. It will surely facilitate the women, children, senior citizens, public and ‘divyangjan’ with comfortable commuting experience. Kanpur Metro is affordable than other modes of urban transportation. It will save time and money by helping the passengers reach their destination without getting stuck in the daily traffic jams.”
“UPMRC in the coming days will also introduce GoSmart Cards which will offer a 10% discount on single journeys. It will offer a contactless travel experience to the commuters. The onset of Kanpur Metro services will transform the lives of the people and improve the transport infrastructure in the city,” he added.
Kanpur Metro will be the safest, most comfortable and a reliable mode of public transport in the city.
Keshav also said, “The commuters will surely get a world class travel experience in Kanpur Metro. The credit for delivering the Priority Corridor within the stipulated time frame entirely goes to the hard working and dedicated team of UPMRC, contractors, labourers, workers and consultants. I also thank the people of Kanpur for showing sheer patience, support and cooperation in delivering the priority section of Kanpur Metro. The local civic agencies, traffic and police departments have also played a pivotal role in achieving this milestone.’’
The Kanpur Metro Rail Project comprises two corridors and has a total length of 32.5 km. The first corridor from IIT-Kanpur to Naubasta is 23.8-km-long while the second corridor from Chandrashekar Azad Agriculture University to Barra-8 is 8.6-km-long. The Priority Section from IIT- Kanpur to Motijheel of the first corridor having nine elevated metro stations is ready for revenue operations now.
In spite of two Covid-19 waves, Kanpur Metro Rail Project maintained a fast pace of construction work and overcame all obstacles and challenges. The UPMRC team, contractors, labourers, workers, and consultants have been able to complete the civil construction work of the priority corridor in less than two years. As a result of this, UPMRC has been able to conduct the trial run of Kanpur Metro in less than two years. Simultaneously, the UPMRC team has been able to achieve the remarkable feat of commencing the revenue services of the Kanpur Metro in two years and two months.
The trains of Kanpur Metro will be equipped with ‘regenerative braking’ technology which will save upto 35% energy in train operations. The regenerative braking is the main brake power of the train and regains the maximum possible energy and pumps it back to the system and thus fully utilizes the advantage of 3-phase technology.
In addition, lifts installed at stations and depots will also be able to save energy with regenerative braking technology. These will have energy efficiency of up to 34%. All the Metro premises will have 100% LED lighting for energy saving. Apart from this, a plan has also been prepared to install solar panels at Metro depots and stations.
The Kanpur Metro has been aesthetically designed and it will get powered by a third rail instead of OHE (Over Head Electrification). It will have a green depot designed for routine upkeep and maintenance of metro trains. The Metro structure has been developed on the ‘Green Building’ concept which along with saving energy will also have a water recharging facility.