CEC-SAM JV Launches Record 218 U-Girders in Oct for Noida Metro

CEC-SAM JV – the contractor for all 3 major civil packages in Noida last month launched a record 218 U-girders for the under construction 30 km Aqua Line connecting Noida with Greater Noida. This beats their previous record of 200 which they accomplished in May. Each girder is typically 27 meters long, weighs 160 tons and when placed next to each, 218 girders converts into a twin viaduct of approximately 2.94 km.

As per Anuj Dayal, the DMRC’s spokesperson, who never credits the contractor:

In one section of the under-construction line, which has been divided into three sections, we have launched 120 girders this month. This is the highest so far. This is the maximum number of U-girders ever launched in any Metro corridor in India within a month.

The latest feat to have been achieved by DMRC will significantly expedite the progress of construction on the corridor. We have been able to accomplish this phenomenal task in close coordination with Pramit Garg, Project Director, his team of engineers and Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC).

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Noida Metro’s brand new viaduct – Photo Copyright: HT

Transportation of material from the casting yard to the site has always been a challenge in India and one of the primary factors which determines whether U-girders or smaller segmental boxes will be used to build a metro line. In Noida and Greater Noida’s case, its wide & unencroached roads allow U-girders to be transported throughout the day with the help of escort vehicles. Here’s a recent image I tweeted out. Check out the link in it for a nice video:

The first girder for the project was launched in December 2015 – view images and info. As per the DMRC, the contractor has completed building a viaduct of 15 km since the contracts for packages NC-01, NC-02 & NC-03 were awarded in May 2015. Overall, 60% of civil work has been completed and the DMRC expects the rest to be completed by June 2017 so that commercial operations start by the end of 2017.

For more updates, check out the Noida – Greater Noida section of The Metro Rail Guy!


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9 Responses to "CEC-SAM JV Launches Record 218 U-Girders in Oct for Noida Metro"

  1. Akshay Kohli says:

    Breaking records is nice but I hope and pray nothing is compromised on safety front

  2. Bhanu says:

    That’s good news. Do they publish details of the number of girders launched each month or only when they achieve a record breaking number?

    • Manu says:

      Bhanu, I think they would be just focussed on getting the job done, no matter what it takes! In the meantime if records are set, then why not some self congratulations by way of publishing the number?

      • Bhanu says:

        Ok I guess the way I framed my question, it might have come off a bit condescending, that was clearly not my intention. I just wanted to know if they have a system of publishing progress details every month.

        • TMRG says:

          Naah, they don’t publish progress online. Usually the DMRC’s Public Relations officer emails or sends whatsapp messages to journalists about their achievements.

          • Bhanu says:

            Whatsapp messages? Whoa that is kinda weird and sounds unprofessional. Why don’t we have a system in place where every infrastructure project is supposed to publish progress reports every month. Can you please tweet to PM asking for such a system to be put in place, atleast for metro projects? We’d all happily retweet! 🙂

          • TMRG says:

            The DMRC and BMRCL both have whatsapp groups setup to quickly disseminate info to journalists who copy+paste it into their articles without much fact checking. Those who publish negative news get removed, like this journalist tweeted.
            Progress reports would be nice, but it’s not a battle I’d like to fight. I’m happy to share updates & my thoughts to allow everyone to see what’s the real deal & gauge a project’s progress.

  3. Kashyap says:

    Any news about the Gurgaon metro? The stations look like they are nearing completion.


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