Metro chugs into Lucknow

The heritage city of Lucknow is all set to ride the Metro today, almost three years after its foundation stone was laid. Union home minister and Lucknow MP Rajnath Singh and UP chief minister Aditya Nath Yogi would be the first riders of Lucknow Metro after flagging off the train from Transportnagar Metro station.

The two leaders will travel up to the last station, Charbagh, on the 8.5 km priority section which is set to open for public the next day. Newly inducted Union minister for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and governor Ram Naik would also be there.

More than 1,500 guests will witness the flagging off of the train. The programme will begin at 12 noon when Rajnath and Yogi would unveil the stone plaque at the site and address the audience.

The two will then go to Transportnagar station's platform to flag off the train and take a ride up to Charbagh, and return to the same spot. Officials said since the public launch is early next morning, the train will only be able to take two trips on the launch.

Unlike the trial run, when two women pilots drove the train after former CM Akhilesh Yadav unveiled it, this time LMRC has deployed a man and a woman to operate the train.

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