Around 1300 of the 2330 required piles have been completed so far, with piling between IIT and Gurudev Metro station almost fully completed.

Construction on the priority section began on November 15 2019. 95 piers and 122 pile caps have also been completed, while another 44 pier caps, 78 U-girders and 57 double T-girders have been cast in preparation for installation.

Phase 1 of the Kanpur metro network comprises two lines. Line 1 (Red Line) will run for 23.8km from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in the north of the city to Naubasta in the south with 14 elevated and eight underground stations. This will extend the initial priority section.

Line 2 (Blue Line) will link Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology with Barra 8. The 8.6km line will have four underground and four elevated stations.

In July, Bombardier was awarded a Rupees 20.5bn ($US 274.8m) contract to supply 67 three-car metro trains, plus CBTC signalling and control systems, for the Kanpur and Agra metro projects.

UPMRC plans to complete the priority section by December 2021 and complete Phase 1 in 2024.

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