Gurgaon’s Rapid Metro gets two of its highest pillars

The Rapid Metrorail Gurgaon Ltd touched a new height with the completion of two 24-metre-high piers,claimed to be the highest for the network.

Written by TUHIN DUTTA | Gurgaon | Published: May 21, 2012 1:52 am

The Rapid Metrorail Gurgaon Ltd touched a new height with the completion of two 24-metre-high piers,claimed to be the highest for the network.

The construction was competed in 100 days,said Rapid Metrorail officials. The circular piers,which are 2 metres in diameter,have a height of 16 metres above the ground and 8 metres below.

The location of the piers is at a junction where three different construction projects are ongoing — Metro rail,an underpass and an unidirectional flyover.

The transport systems at this junction will be at four levels — the upcoming underpass,the existing road level,the flyover and the Metro system.

The Rapid Metrorail chose to go for “soldier piling” for the construction of piers to ensure speedy completion of work and minimal traffic disruption.

Officials said the space available on the ground was only five metres,and the base of the pier had to be constructed within a 10-metre diameter space.

Soldier pile,also known as the Berlin Wall,uses steel piles and timber lagging.

Rapid Metrorail has used pillars of different shapes,according to the need of the location. An official said that of the total 222 pillars to be constructed on the viaduct,201 are ready.

“We have taken all initiatives to complete the first phase within the stipulated time with best of the quality parameters for our structures,” a spokesperson of the Metrorail said.

Rapid Metrorail system will have six stations,catering to an expected ridership of 2 lakh passengers per day. The state-of-the-art Metro will run on standard gauge; the total cost for the project is Rs 1,088 crore. IL&FS group of companies is the main promoter for this project.

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