Metro rail to reduce pollution level in Lucknow

August 19, 2013

Priyanka Singh, TNN |


LUCKNOW: The much ambitious project of state government may prove beneficial in improving the air quality of the city. Once started, metro would become an efficient and most popular medium of public transport surpassing all other public transport means so far. The environment which was getting polluted due to harmful emissions from private vehicles would reduce once metro rail becomes operational.According to the survey done by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the dangerous gases which were destroying and polluting the environment would get reduced by almost 41 thousand and 430 tonnes. Experts believe that this would help in improving the air quality of the city by making atmosphere cleaner. The DMRC has even recommended this report in its DPR (detailed project report) submitted to the metro cell of Lucknow last month.

It is believed that once metro rail starts functioning, it would decrease the number of autos, tempos, buses and cars running on city roads considerably. It is estimated that on the North-South corridor (from Amausi airport to Munshipulia) alone, about 62 thousand trips of private and commercial vehicles would come to an end. people riding on cars, autos, tempos would start preferring metro instead as it is a faster and cheaper means of transport to far off places. This route is to be constructed in the first phase only beginning from December this year.

Different types of pollutants causing harm to the environment are Carbon monoxide, Nitrogen oxide, Sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide etc. Out of all these, carbon monoxide is found in abundance and hence, much attention has to be given to reduce this pollutant from the environment. The smoke that was released from private and commercial vehicles would get reduced to a great extent post metro becomes operational. In 2019, when the entire train starts moving on North-South corridor, it shall be bale to curtail about 1498.33 tonne of carbon monoxide in one year itself.

Most significantly, the carbon dioxide level would decrease by about 38 thousand 579 tonnes in the first year of operation. The levels of pollutants would subsequently decrease in the years 2020 and 2021 in a gradual manner.




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