The Lucknow Metro in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is set to complete the North-South corridor next month, according to local media sources.

It has completed a trial run on the remaining section of the corridor, with signalling and integrated testing trials to be carried out in the following weeks, reported

Once completed, commercial operations will commence throughout the corridor. The overall distance is expected to be covered in 40 minutes, providing a faster transportation alternative.

The 23km-long corridor stretches from the Chowdhary Charan Singh International Airport to Munshipulia and comprises 21 stations.

Construction of the line began in September 2014.

“The trains have been provided with state-of-the-art Communication Based Train Control System (CBTC).”

An 8.5km stretch of the corridor from Transport Nagar to Charbagh Railway Station began operations in September 2017.

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The project is financed by a joint venture between the union and state government, Lucknow Metro Rail (LMRC).

All metro trains that are operating on the line are equipped with the latest technology to prevent any accidents.

LMRC managing director Kumar Keshav was quoted by the publication as saying: “The trains have been provided with state-of-the-art Communication Based Train Control System (CBTC), a signalling system with automatic train protection (ATP) for automatic braking to prevent any collision.

“The automatic train supervision (ATS) system has been provided to ensure automatic management of train movement by automatic route setting and automatic train regulation by supervising the train movement continuously and optimising the train movements in case of abnormalities.”

The overall North-South corridor is built at a cost of Rs69.28bn ($980m), reported IANS.