October, 2015

Ferry Service To Link Gomti Banks

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Beating Union minister Nitin Gadkari at his plan to start water transport services in major cities, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said on Saturday that the first phase of catamaran services between Lucknow’s Kudiyaghat and Lakshman Mela Park will be commissioned in six months.

The water transport plan had been presented before the chief minister by students of Amity University some time ago. Addressing a gathering of students, Akhilesh said Lucknow has seen considerable expansion in volumes of traffic and that the government was keen to develop new transport systems to ease the flow of traffic on the existing roads.

Giving his approval to the transport plan created by B.Arch students Kabeer Kumar and Sameer Kumar, Akhilesh said the catamaran services will ply, to begin with, between Kudiyaghat and Lakshaman Mela Park. The CM also said water transport can be used in all cities which are connected by rivers. He said he was especially keen to see the system implemented in Bundelkhand. Lucknow is 11th most populous city of India with 300 buses, 17000 auto-rickshaws and more than 12 lakh privately-owned vehicles, said Kabeer.

They saw Gomti as a viable option to start the water transport in because it runs through the city, and dissects it in two parts. He also said catamaran can float in two feet water level, and therefore water levels will not be a stumbling block for kick starting the services. He also said catamarans will reduce travel time, fare and environmental pollution.