Lucknow Metro : From art city to smart city… miles to go

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After getting a lion’s share in the list of 90 cities shortlisted for the central government’s Smart City project so far, Uttar Pradesh is looking forward to becoming a ‘smart state’ dotted with mini-metropolitan cities well-equipped with modern infrastructure and facilities.

In Lucknow, a team of officials is working on the mantra ‘From an art to a smart city’ to transform the City of Nawabs into a bustling metro.

“The journey from a laid back city of the era of Nawabs with rickshaws and tongas on the streets to a place with Metro train, fast moving buses, taxis, 1090 women’s powerline, Dial 100 and 108 ambulance facility, the transformation has been tremendous. The city’s face will change in the days to come,” says additional municipal commissioner and urban planning expert PK Srivastava.

Lucknow has often been identified with its architectural wonders like Rumi Darwaza, Imambada and Satkhanda but in future it will be known for places like Awadh Point, Thandi Sadak, solar energy grid for metros, advanced metro train, 1090 women’s powerline,108 ambulance and Dial 100 systems, he says.

“The seat of power of the Nawabs in the 18th and 19th century will continue to maintain its heritage and culture but will also have latest developments under smart city. The stakeholders are planning to boost its rich culture, cuisine, business, infrastructure, education, tourism and music,” adds Srivastava.