Here are 25 major developments that Lucknow has seen in the past 10 years

Here's looking back at the 25 major developments that Lucknow has seen in the past 10 years!

Lucknow has seen a rapid change in its cityscape and its lifestyle. The change has been observed in terms of infrastructural developments, the basic lifestyle of people and the integration of more technology in everyday life. Today, the city is completely different than it was a few years ago, especially during the past 10 years. Between 2010 and 2020, Lucknow has changed leaps and bounds.


Here is looking back at the 29 major developments that Lucknow has seen in the past four years and everything we are thankful for.

Lucknow Metro

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Lucknow Metro began its services on priority corridor from Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport to Charbagh Railway Station, in 2017. This etched Lucknow's name in record books, as the priority corridor was the fastest developed metro route in the country. Metro in Lucknow has become a successful means of transport, with a crrent ridership of over 65,000 people.

 International Cricket Stadium (formerly Ekana)

The Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium was among the biggest developments to happen in Lucknow. The stadium was built with the idea of providing a world class cricket and other sports complex with ultra-modern facilities. The stadium saw an immensely successful match between India and West Indies on 6th November 2018, the first ever T20I to be held in Lucknow!

Lucknow Smart City

A nationwide Smart City Mission was launched in 2015, the same came to Lucknow during the last leap year. Within a few years Lucknow has completed several major projects which include the laying of LPG pipelines, introduction of a smart Integrated Traffic Management System and introduction of several smart bus shelters.

New Hospitals in Lucknow

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In the last 4 years, Lucknow has also seen the opening of several new hospitals, these have been big names which were already established in cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. The list includes 1000-bed multi speciality Medanta Hospital, an all new Super Speciality Cancer Institute and a 330-bed super speciality Apollo Hospital.

New Airport Terminal

Civil Aviation department of India in 2018 announced that Lucknow will have a new terminal with a capacity of handling 27 million passengers. Though the terminal is still under development and is expected to be operational by 2021, Lucknow Airport has been handling domestic and international flights since 2012 (the previous leap year).

New High Court

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The humongous and highly impressive building of the Lucknow bench Allahabad High Court was completed in 2016. It is one of the more impressive modern day developments that have taken place in the city.

New Malls

Though the city had many shopping complexes and malls, between 2016 and 2020 several new ones were developed in Lucknow. These include the Crown Mall opposite BBD University, the very new Phoenix Pallasio mall near Shaaheed Path and the under construction Lulu Mall- the biggest mall chains in the world, that could possibly open gates for us folks in 2020.

Riverfront Developments

Another new development to happen in Lucknow was the remodelling and development of the Gomti Riverfront. This included cleaning up of Gomti which was often referred to as the biggest 'drain' in Lucknow. This development ensured a cleaner Gomti and a cleaner, more developed shore.

Shift in Lucknow's Nightlife

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Lucknow's nightlife has seen a drastic change in the past few years. Within the past few years several new bars, cafes and food outlets were opened in Lucknow which completely changed the culture of the city. The nightlife which was majorly non-existent was infused with a new energy and life in the last few years, making Gomti Nagar the hub of all nocturnal fun!

Lucknow-Agra Expressway

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The Lucknow-Agra e-way was inaugurated on 21st November 2016. This expressway was made with the idea to lighten the traffic on the already congested roads of the city and shorten the distance between Lucknow and Agra. This connects to the Yamuna e-way making the journey from lucknow to Delhi and Noida, a smoother and much less time consuming.

Charbagh Renovations

Another addition to the thriving city was the renovation of the iconic Charbagh Railway Station. Proposed in 2017 the project included a complete interior overhaul of the station building making it no less than an international airport and addition of various modern amenities. This was done while keeping the exterior intact in order to maintain the heritage quotient of the building.

Lucknow- Delhi Tejas Express

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Lucknow Delhi Tejas Express was a major undertaking that brought huge relief to passengers travelling between the two cities. This new and ultra-modern train facility has been all about luxury and speed. The train has received great response from people in both of these cities and makes travelling much less irksome.

Cycle Tracks

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Cycle tracks were yet another gift that Lucknow received during this leap year. The narrow tracks which have been made across the city allow pedestrians and bicycle riders to move in the city without any hindrance. These have been especially beneficial for kids who generally go to school of bikes.

Open Air Gyms

In the last leap year several open air gyms have been started in Lucknow. With an aim to promote a healthy lifestyle and ensure people get enough "outdoor air" and "sunshine" these gyms have been a hit among the people in Lucknow. The civic bodies have even undertaken the idea to develop gyms with great facilities in prominent parks of the city and we cannot be more thrilled about them!

Development of IT City

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After 2017, an IT City was developed in lucknow with major investment from HCL. The development of IT City began in 2016 itself and today has made Lucknow an emerging hub of IT with HCL looking to enrich its workforce by 50%. This has created a number of job opportunities for the people of Lucknow.

Startup Ecosystem

In the last 4 years Lucknow has also emerged as a major start-up ecosystem. The Uttar Pradesh government's lucrative startup policy is abetting young minds to open their business in the city itself. These are not only generating better job opportunities for Lucknow but enabling people to grow small businesses from the ground up. Knocksense, Trendsetterz, Purplehide and Ziffy are among the famous startups from Lucknow.

Purvanchal Expressway

Another addition to the infrastructure and connectivity to Lucknow is the Purvanchal Expressway. This 6-lane expressway is currently under construction and will connect the historic towns of Ballia and Azamgarh with the state capital, Lucknow.

Kisan Path and Outer Ring Road Project

Part of the ambitious 108 kilometre 'outer ring road project' the kisan path is a 15 kilometre stretch which connects the Sultanpur to Faizabad Road in Lucknow. The entire outer ring road project is expected to decongest the roads of Lucknow which are already brimming with traffic.

Heritage Arc Development

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The development of the heritage arc- Agra, Lucknow, Varanasi has been big for Lucknow. It brought major development to the area near Clock Tower and Bada Imambara, a project which completely changed the face of Lucknow. It included renovation of the Imambara and Rumi Darwaza as well as major maintenance and beautification of the area near the Clock Tower.

Smart Bus Stands

A huge part of the Lucknow Smart City initiative, smart bus stands have made quite an impression on the residents of the city. Equipped with modern facilities such as bio toilets and sheltered waiting area, these have put a smile on the faces of daily commuters.

First ever Defence Expo in Lucknow

This was also the year when the first ever Defence Expo took place in Lucknow. Lucknow saw a never-before-seen showcasing of armour, military equipments and a full fledged airshow complete with some of the most amazing aircrafts in the world.

First ever Investors Summit in Lucknow

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Lucknow also played host to the first ever UP investors summit which brought in millions of dollars worth of investment to UP. Organised in 2018 and then again in 2019, the summit brought in deals for over 4.3 lakh crores to UP!

100 years of Lucknow University

2020 was also the year when Lucknow University completed its 100 years. The iconic campus of Lucknow which has taught and hone millions of students over the years, opened its gates to a huge celebration and is expected to carry them for the entire year.

Butterfly Park in Lucknow Zoo

In order to attract more visitors and make the zoo more interesting, a butterfly park was opened in the Lucknow Zoo. This not only added to the overall charm of the zoo but made it a hotspot for kids and people who enjoy nature in all its splendour.

Knocksense 'started up' in Lucknow

Knocksense is another small development that happened in 2016. We started with a handful of people and a head full of ideas and became one of the most loved 'News' platforms in India with over a million readers. We have come a long way and hope to keep giving Lucknow the best of everything we can find in the city.

Knock Knock

A leap year has come and gone, Lucknow has seen many developments, many ups and downs and we have come to realise there's still no city like home. Let's hope the next four years bring a lot more growth and development for the city as well as us.

UP mandates liquor license for domestic storage over the prescribed limit

According to the latest guidelines, only six litres of alcohol would be allowed per person or in a house without a license.

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With the introduction of the revised excise policy, booze consumers need to be extra alert and careful about their liquor stocks at home. The Uttar Pradesh government has mandated the presence of a license for keeping liquor stocks above the prescribed limit within the household. As per the rules entailed in the policy, citizens would be required to have a license for purchasing, transporting and stocking liquor in excess of the authorized retail limit.

A limit of six litres per person or a single household

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According to the latest guidelines, only six litres of alcohol would be allowed per person or in a house without a license. If an individual wants to consume more than this, he would have to obtain a license from the Excise Department at an annual fee of ₹ 12,000. In addition to this, ₹ 51,000 would have to be deposited as security money under the specified conditions.

"The state government has set a revenue target of Rs 6,000 crore more than Rs 34,500 crore in the year 2021-22, against Rs 28,300 crore in the year 2020-21 of the Excise Department. As a result, 7.5 percent increase in annual license fees for country liquor, foreign liquor retail shops, and model shops for the year 2021-22." stated the Additional Chief Secretary of the Excise Department. He further informed that there has been no increase in the retail shop license fees of beer through the revised policy.

New policy promotes liquor production in the state

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The ADC also mentioned that the new policy encapsulates provisions that would encourage liquor production in the state. As per one of its clauses, the liquor produced in the state from the state-grown fruits will be exempted from consideration duty for the next five years.

Mumbai may flag-off the first, Made in India Metro on corridors 2-A and 7 by May 2021

Enabling rapid transport, 2 new metro lines to get operational in Mumbai

The Maharashtra Urban Development Minister has revealed its plan to open two Mumbai metro corridors for public use by May 2021. Metro line 2-A, from Dahisar to DN Nagar and Corridor 7, from Dahisar E-Andheri E, may get operational by end of May this year, stated the Development Minister. As per reports, these two lines will use the first-ever Made in India carriages which are being manufactured in Bangalore. The first six metro cars will be delivered to Mumbai in the next six months, informed the Urban Development Ministry.

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Towards a self-reliant India: IIM Indore to assist in boosting MP's industrial ecosystem

The institute will help in improving the ease of doing business index for the state, amongst many other things.

The Madhya Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation has signed an agreement with the managerial body of IIM Indore for enhancing the industrial sector of the Indian state. As per the three-year-long MOU, the IIM body would assist the state government in chalking out plans for building up its industrial infrastructure and drafting policies aimed at attracting investors.

Enhancing MP's brand value for setting up industries a priority

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Amidst the unstable circumstances brought by the COVID pandemic, the Madhya Pradesh government is trying hard to stabilise the state economy. With a focus to revive and boost industrial development in the state, the government is executing projects for the growth and expansion of industries, one of which is the latest agreement. As per the new MOU with the top-notch B-school, the management body at IIM Indore would help the state machinery in strengthening its industrial sector.

Experts from the Indian Institute of Management would work out plans for the Global Investors summit in addition to suggesting changes for the state's industrial policy. They will not only aid in improving the brand value of Madhya Pradesh but also recommend policies that can amplify the state's ease of doing business index. Based on their recommendations, the government would alter its industrial policy and make room for accommodating new proposals.

Looking forward to an ecosystem that supports & nourishes industries

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As per reports, the director of the institute stated that it is important to establish an ecosystem in the state which supports and nourishes business and industries. All interventions in this regard would not just help the state but also propel the spirit of a self-reliant India. While the Madhya Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation is bound to implement plans for promoting the state's industrial sector, the current initiative would help the organization in augmenting its framework and increasing its research and development capacity.

Fighter aircraft, Rafale will soon be able to take off & land at UP's Purvanchal Expressway

Soon, top-of-the-line fighter planes, such as Rafale or Sukhoi, will be able to take off and land from the expressway.

To maximise the reach of Military across the nation, its bases are being stretched in every direction and the newest region in the checklist is the Purvanchal Expressway in Uttar Pradesh. The government is developing a stretch of 3.2 kilometres near the Sultanpur district on the Expressway as an air-strip to shoulder combat aircraft. Soon, top-of-the-line fighter planes, such as Rafale or Sukhoi, will be able to take off and land from here.

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In Rajasthan’s vaccination drive on Sunday, Jaipur records the lowest turnout

Jaipur has witnessed vaccination of only 51% of the designated individuals in the six days of immunization.

Speeding-up the covid-19 immunization in Rajasthan, the state's health department conducted vaccination drives at 408 centres on Sunday. Though the objective was to vaccinate more than 38,000 healthcare workers, reports have stated that about 26,255 individuals(67% of the target) were inoculated by the end of the day. Jaipur, the state capital recorded the lowest rate of the target achievement by vaccinating only 41% of the designated number.

39% target achievement rate recorded for COVAXIN in Jaipur

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There has been an increment in the number of Covaxin sites in Jaipur, totaling up to 11. The natively developed vaccine is currently being administered to the healthcare workers only in Jaipur. Around 430 individuals out of the targetted 1,116 healthcare workers received the Covaxin jab on Sunday, registering a target completion rate of 39%. In all other districts across the state, 68% of the total intended beneficiaries were administered the Covishield vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India. Achieving a target completion rate of 100.5%, Sikar outshone all other districts in the state.

After receiving the dose, 12 recipients of the Covishield vaccine experienced effects while no adverse effect was reported for Covaxin.

Vaccination sites are being increased daily

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As per reports, a senior official from the health department stated that new vaccination sites are being set up daily and the state aims to immunize 4.5 lakh citizens as soon as possible. While there were 167 vaccination centres for the first four days of the drive in the state, the count stood at 408 on the sixth day. Through these days, over 93,500 individual have been given the COVID-19 jab which is 21% of the total target.

Jaipur, the city with the highest reported COVID cases in the state has recorded a cumulative target attaintment of 51% for the vaccination drives conducted in the past days. While Bundi has been successful in wtnessing the highest cumulative rate, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Sikar are among the front runners.

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