As a first in the country, Lucknow Metro stations will provide free drinking water to commuters at all 21 metro stations of the North-South metro corridor. The stations will have a kiosk, that will provide purified and chilled water to commuters for free. Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) is also going to provide free toilet facility at each of its stations.
No other metro project in the country has offered these facilities free so far.
“We are building three toilets each for men and women and one seat for physically challenged persons at all 21 metro stations. These will be available only for commuters who pay using token or the Go-Smart card”, said an official.
The drinking water kiosk and toilet facilities will be available at the concourse level (above ground floor) which is accessible only after buying tokens to enter the paid area of the metro stations.
“Other metro stations earn revenue from these facilities but we will give these services to public free”, said another official.
LMRC will not keep disposable glasses or bottles near the kiosk and commuters will have to bring their own bottles for refill.
Officials said, “It will be an environment-conscious project, so we will discourage use of plastic at our stations.”
Trains at Lucknow Metro are expected to start running by mid-August.
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