The Uttar Pradesh government is working on an ambitious project — connecting Lucknow and Kanpur with a high-speed metro rail network and developing an industrial corridor between the two cities. The project will also address residential problems in the two cities and create new job opportunities in the region.
All authorities concerned for the project, including the State Industrial Development Corporation and the Lucknow Industrial Development Authority have reached to a consensus for putting the project on fast-track and a feasibility report for the project would be prepared soon.
“'U.P. Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan has already held a meeting of senior officials of the three authorities where the project was discussed threadbare...These three authorities have agreed to bear financial burden of the feasibility report. The project will boost planned development of Lucknow and Kanpur besides Unnao and create a major industrial corridor,” a senior official said.
Stating that it has been envisaged to extend Lucknow metro to Unnao and Kanpur, which is 80 km away, the official said the metro rail was being planned till the outskirts of the State capital after which only about 50 km would remain to cover till Kanpur. But this metro rail till Kanpur would lead to faster access between the two cities and also ease pressure on the highway connecting the two cities.