After beginning work on the 4.5 km surface/at-grade section of Nagpur Metro’s 19.66 km north-south line in the MIHAN Airport area, work has now begun for constructing the elevated portion on Wardha Road (old highway NH-7) as well! The contract to build the viaduct of a 7.61 km elevated section of the line, officially called Reach-1, was awarded to NCC Ltd. on November 30 2015 and just a month later, they’ve started piling work for it. 🙂
This 7.61 km section includes stations at the Airport, Ujwal Nagar, Jai Prakash Nagar, Chatrapati Station and Ajni Square. The construction of these stations will be part of a separate contract for which the tendering process will begin shortly. The contract for the detailed design consultancy of these stations was recently awarded to L&T Infrastructure Engineering, so things are moving along quite nicely.
To rehash from another post, piling work is the first step in construction and helps to build the elevated viaduct’s foundation. Typically 4-6 piles are built per pier as shown below:
This section of the line also includes a 3.41 km double-decker viaduct from Ajni Square to the Pride Hotel (Airport T-point) which the Nagpur Metro Rail Corp Ltd. designed in collaboration with the National Highways Authority of India. While automobiles will run on the first level, the metro line will run on the second which will be roughly 40 feet above the ground as demonstrated by the model below:
For more updates on Nagpur’s Metro, check out the Nagpur section of The Metro Rail Guy!