Last week, the CICO-YFC JV started launching precast segments to build the Delhi Metro Blue Line’s 6.82 km extension towards Noida’s Sector 62! This milestone was accomplished exactly 10 months after they won the contract to build package CC-94 of the Delhi Metro’s 160 km Phase 3 project between the Wave Noida City Centre and Noida Electronics City stations.
This section includes 6 new stations at Sector 34, Sector 52 (interchange with the under construction Noida – Gr.Noida line), Sector 61, Sector 59, Sector 62 and Noida Electronics City.
Each segment weighs 40 tons and usually 10 segments are required to build one span between two adjacent piers. For this section, the CICO-YFC JV will launch roughly 2000 segments to build the viaduct.
Here’s a brilliant 1 minute video which I’ve shared on Twitter in the past on how the launching gantry works its magic with precast segments one by one to build modern segmental viaducts/bridges:
This section was a late addition to the Phase 3 plans and I expect it to be operational only by the end of 2018. Once that is done, the Blue Line which is currently 58.67 km long and being expanded by another 4.3 km to reach Najafgarh on the other end will become a mammoth 71.58 km long.
For more updates, check out the Delhi section of The Metro Rail Guy!