Lucknow Metro: collection of soil samples begin

The soil testing for the Amausi-Mushipulia corridor of the proposed Lucknow Metro has already begun. The Ghaziabad-based Sai Geo-technical and Construction Services has been entrusted with the job.

"The report of the soil samples and their testing will be submitted by mid-September," said Navin Bihari, Managing Director of Sai Geo-technical and Construction Service.

The reports will be submitted to SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited, the consultant for preparing the Detailed Project Report of Lucknow Metro.

The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) has identified two metro corridors for Lucknow — the North-South corridor from Amausi airport to Munshipulia and an East-West corridor from Gomti Nagar to Rajajipuram.

On February 5, the Authority had signed an MoU with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, (DMRC) enabling the latter to carry out a detailed study of the city's traffic and transportation and prepare the report.

The Corporation has been asked to prepare the report within 9 months at a cost of Rs 4 crore.

While the collection of the soil from the North-South corridor has already begun, the collection on the other, 14-km route, is expected to start soon. The samples are being collected at a 30-metre depth from road surface at every 500 metres.

According to Bihari, soil testing is important as the design of foundation will depend on the nature of the soil. For instance, if the soil is muddy, the foundation has to be stronger. 

The Authority had recently tied up with the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) to chalk out a Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) to ease traffic congestion in Lucknow.

The Authority Vice-Chairman, Mukesh Kumar Meshram, said the CMP will include data about urban travel demand, alternative transport plans, land-use plans, a transport vision and strategy.

The Authority took this step after the Union Urban Development Ministry refused to provide grant for the cost of the report, as the state government had failed to conduct the mandatory study and obtain the ministry's, in principle, approval for the project.

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