Lucknow Metro delay unavoidable, says E. Sreedharan

first_imgThe delay in starting the Lucknow Metro for public use cannot be attributed to the change in political power at the helm of Uttar Pradesh, said noted civil engineer E. Sreedharan, popularly known as the ‘Metro Man’, here on Thursday.Mr. Sreedharan said the transition in power from the Samajwadi Party (SP) to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in U.P. had no impact on the “planning or schedule” of the Lucknow Metro’s construction. The postponement of the deadline was due to “unavoidable reasons” such as the delay in receiving coaches and timely Railway clearances, he said. He expressed confidence that the Metro rail would be running in the U.P. capital by the third or fourth week of July.Mr. Sreedharan said Metro projects across India were awaiting government clearances as the Centre was finalising a new Metro policy. Work for the Lucknow Metro began in September 2014 and the trial run on its priority corridor was conducted on December 1, 2016. The previous SP government had announced the services would begin on March 26. The target, however, could not be met, with the BJP government criticising the previous Akhikesh Yadav regime for doing things “hastily”. Despite the repeated extension of the deadline, Mr. Sreedharan said the Lucknow Metro could boast of having the fastest first section of any metro be be completed anywhere in the country.last_img read more

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Zoravar looks for dad Shikhar Dhawan as Team India lines up for national anthem

first_imgShikhar Dhawan top-scored with 68 off 84 balls in Pune as India crossed the line with Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni, beating New Zealand by six wickets in the second ODI and levelling the three-match series 1-1.”Dhawan has been playing really well. He’s pretty confident at the moment,” Indian skipper Virat Kohli praised his opener at the post match presentation.Daddy D, @imVkohli laun dey jatt vi tikaane utey teer nadiye ..burrahhh ?????????? pic.twitter.com/KtlnigZv0s- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) October 25, 2017But, far away in the capital, Dhawan’s son Zoravar was perhaps cheering his father the loudest throughout the match.Dhawan senior posted a video from the beginning of the match, on his Facebook page, which shows his son searching for his father on Television as the camera panned across the Indian team during the national anthem.”Dil bhar aaya video dekh ke, jis tareeke se woh mujhe dhoondh rha hai.wish zoraver ko gale laga sakta main aur khoob pyaar de sakta. Mera pyaar aur duyaaein hamesha mere bachon ke saath hain .. love u all (It was so emotional. The way he was looking for me, I wish I could just hug Zoravar and give him all the love. My love and best wishes will always stay with my kids. Love you all),” he captioned the video.Zoravar spotted his father sandwiched between Manish Pandey and Kuldeep Yadav and can be heard asking, “Is that Papa?” in the video, to which his mother, Ayesha Dhawan, responded, “Yup!”Dhawan had earlier been excused from India’s ODI series in Sri Lanka to attend to his ailing mother after the third ODI.  advertisementIndia and New Zealand will meet in Kanpur to play the three-match ODI series on 29th October.last_img read more

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