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Cabinet gives green signal to Lucknow Metro project

The Uttar Pradesh government led by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav  on Thursday gave the go-ahead to the first phase of the ambitious Metro rail project for the state capital Lucknow.

At a cabinet meeting chaired by the chief minister, the first phase, to be known as the North-South corridor, was approved, a government spokesman said.

Briefing media persons after the meeting, the official said the alignment and route of the metro rail project has also been finalised and the route would initially be from the Chaudhary Charan Singh Amausi Airport to Munshi Puliya.

The project will be jointly undertaken by state government agencies and the Delhi metro rail corporation (DMRC) and funds for the purpose are being arranged, officials said.

In another significant decision, the state cabinet also okayed the commissioning of 1,000 additional ambulances under a 102 Emergency Service through a private service provider.

The cabinet also decided to made certain items like Dholak, Cango, Tabla and other musical instruments in VAT free category besides gram-flour.

Among other decisions taken in the meeting, animated movie ‘Krishna and Kansa’ has been exempted from the entertainment tax in the state, they said.

On 15 June, a high-level committee headed by chief secretary Jawed Usmani had proposed to roll out the metro rail in Lucknow on a 50:50 sharing of funds between the Central government and UP.  The same finance model was used in Delhi metro project. The estimated cost of the project would be around Rs 1,800 crore.

The committee that met on 14 June, apart from making recommendations on the finance and the metro route, also approved the report prepared by the special metro cell and Delhi metro rail corporation (DMRC) officials. Usmani also directed for forming a special purpose vehicle (SPV) - to be christened as Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation - on an urgent basis for implementation of the project.
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