Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) unveiled the two dimensional (2D) design and the three dimensional (3D) mock-up of Lucknow Metro Train to Shri Akhilesh Yadav, Hon'ble Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh. Shri Alok Ranjan, Chief Secretary, GoUP, Shri Kumar Keshav, Managing Director, LMRC, Shri Bharat Salhotra, Managing Director, Alstom India and other top level dignitaries were also present on the occasion. Shri Kumar Keshav explained the detailed process involved in the design of ultra-modern train cars for Lucknow Metro project to the visiting dignitaries including various features provided for comfort and convenience of commuters and safety including facilities for differently abled passengers.
The design of Lucknow Metro train is a tribute to the city’s cultural richness. The front of the metro has been conceived in the spirit of some of the city’s most important monuments’ such as Bara-Imambara, the Asifi Masjid and the Roomi Gate. It’s exterior livery in golden colour is inspired by the traditional Chikankari craftsmanship treated in a modern and structured manner. Similarly, blending of black colour in front of car is inspired from modern feel of Hazratganj. A red ribbon profile taking off from train front and moving to side to side top of complete train gives speed and dynamic feeling to the train.
Special attention has been paid to passenger comfort with provision for 186 seats in longitudinal configuration and two dedicated zones for differently abled passengers. Screens displaying useful travel information have been placed at convenient locations inside the metro visible to all. Each four car Metro train has been designed to carry about 1100 passengers at a time.
The design criteria for selection of train cars for LMRC are energy efficient, reliable and better comfort to passengers in terms of riding quality, lower–noise level and environment friendly. The body shell of cars made of stainless steel is lightweight. A highly energy efficient train with LED lighting and regenerative braking to feed the energy back to overhead electrical energy system during braking is planned. All system in the train is monitored & selectively controlled by a microprocessor based Train Control & Management System (TCMS).
The passenger comfort planned are low noise inside trains, wide passenger doors and inter-car gangways for easy passenger movement, ergonomically designed handrail & grab handle system for easy & comfortable standing, soothing Public Announcement system with all around visible Display System inside car as well as side & front of trains, large windows & scratch proof stainless steel bucket type seats for comfortable sitting.
The passenger safety features includes emergency communication facilities including talkback facility for passengers for talking to train operator directly, CCTV images inside trains to be displayed to train operator as well as at centralised security control room.
The facilities for differently abled passengers inside trains are dedicated wheel chair spaces, braille stickers for visually challenged persons and talk back buttons for easy & comfortable getting down from trains.
The design of driver cab has been developed in strong collaboration with ergonomic experts contributing to driver efficiency and serenity. This excellent design of train is believed to be a milestone in modern history of Lucknow.
In September 2015, LRMC awarded a contract to Alstom to supply 80 Metro cars for 20 train sets of four car each for North South Corridor of Lucknow Metro Phase-1A project covering 22 stations. The metro cars are being produced at Alstom's Sri City manufacturing facilities in India. The signalling system is being jointly supplied by Alstom's sites in Bangalore, India and Saint-Ouen, France.
Coinciding with today's event of unveiling the detailed design of Metro Cars to the Hon'ble Chief Minister, LMRC also achieved another very significant achievement of starting physical manufacturing of these state-of-the-art modern world class Lucknow Metro trains today at Alstom's manufacturing plant in Sri City near Chennai in the presence of Shri Mahendra Kumar, Director (Rolling Stock & Systems) LMRC and other dignitaries.
With this, the activities for full-fledged production of Rolling Stock (Metro trains) for Lucknow Metro has gained momentum. These coaches will then be transported from Sri City, Chennai to LMRC Depot in Lucknow by special trailers through road which shall further be assembled in the depot for its testing and commissioning for the first phase of Metro operations.
Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state of India. It is known for its rich cultural heritage. The present population of Lucknow city is more than 3 million. Being an important service and trading centre, Lucknow continues to grow and attract large number of people to the city. The rapid growth of the city and the associated urban sprawl has accentuated the demand-supply mismatch amidst constrained public transport infrastructure.
To strengthen and argument the transport infrastructure of the city with a holistic multi-modal transport system, Govt of U.P. has decided to implement Lucknow Metro Rail Project as an integrated mass public transport system that meets the mobility and accessibility needs of people of Lucknow. The DPR of Lucknow Metro Rail Project approved by State Govt was submitted to MoUD on 26.08.2013. MoUD has given its "In-principle Approval of Part-1A of DPR" on 27.12.2013.