Over the past couple days, workers from the ITD – ITD India Cem JV completed casting their first pier for Bangalore Metro Purple Line’s 15.257 km Whitefield extension. This pier is located north of the Hope Farm Junction and is a part of the under the 73.95 km Phase 2 project’s 7.218 km package Reach 1B (Visvesvaraya Industrial Area Station – Whitefield).
Piling work to build this pier’s foundation began in June 2017 – barely 45 days after the firm was awarded with a Rs. 689.51 crore contract by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation. Towards the end of August, workers began tying up rebar to form the pier’s skeletal structure.
December 2 Update – Here’s how it looks now, confirmed to be oval in shape –
From the recent November newsletter, here’s a look at other piers in its vicinity –
ITD Cem has taken only 7 months to cast their first pier since receiving the letter of award (LoA) in April. For comparison, IL&FS ECC on Reach-2A (Mysore Road – Pattanagere) took 17 months, Soma Enterprise on Reach-2B (Pattanagere – Challagatta) took 10 months and NCC on Reach-4B (Yelachenahalli – Anjanapura Township) took 9 months. Things here are progressing nicely wherever the contractor has a clear right-of-way, but land acquisition still remains a concern for the other parts, especially the Baiyappanahalli – KR Puram stretch.
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