ITD Begins Launching Segments for Bangalore Metro’s Whitefield Extn

On February 1, a crew from ITD Cementation India launched their first precast segment at Hope Farm Junction for building Bangalore Metro’s 7.218 km Visvesvaraya Industrial Area – Whitefield (Reach-1B) section as part of the 15.257 km eastern extension of the 18 km Purple Line.

The segment was launched using the underslung construction methodology with the help of a mobile crane – a method used by NCC for constructing the 1st spans of Nagpur and Pune metro’s viaduct. Going forward, ITD is expected to deploy and commission a launching gantry crane to launch segments for building the line’s viaduct.

This milestone was accomplished by ITD just 9 months after they won a Rs. 683.79 crore contract for constructing this section from the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd in April 2017. Piling work at this location began soon after in June and the first pier was cast in November. Overall, this is the 4th package of the city’s 73.95 km Phase 2 project, after Reach 4B (Yelachenahalli – Anjanapura Township), Reach 2A (Mysore Road – Pattanagere) and Reach 2B (Pattanagere – Challeghata), where segment launching work has started.

Yellow star: launch location of the 1st segment – view Bangalore Metro Phase 2 map & info

Some images shot by followers at different times over the past 2 weeks –

Photo Copyright: Arun

Photo Copyright: Mathivanan

Photo Copyright: Mathivanan

Photo Copyright: Vinod Shankar

Photo Copyright: Adolf Thangasamy

Meanwhile, ITD Cementation has started setting up a launching gantry crane near Phoenix Mall for constructing the 8.039 km Reach 1A’s viaduct between the existing Baiyappanahalli Station and the upcoming Visvesvaraya Industrial Area Station –

For more updates, check out the Bangalore section of The Metro Rail Guy!


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16 Responses to "ITD Begins Launching Segments for Bangalore Metro’s Whitefield Extn"

  1. Nihar says:

    It’s nice to see that the construction work on this stretch is moving quickly. It will certainly make the Purple line more accessible from the Outer Ring Road.

  2. Syed Khaja says:

    It’s really extremely great performance of ITD cem indua JV

  3. Partha says:

    Good to hear the progress of phase-2. Hope we’ll have this line by 2021 – easing some of traffic in the ITPL area.

    Has there been any news about the ORR Line?

    • Partha says:

      Sorry, I saw the other update on the ORR Line – but it’s going painfully slow. This was we won’t have anything till 2030

  4. Ashok says:

    ITD is constructing this stretch at an impressive speed !!

    • Rohit Deb says:

      But sorry too say idt work very slowly. .. i know because i’m work in itd company in bangalore soukya road…

    • Partha says:

      But, how will they float tenders without funding? This just sounds like some gimmick for upcoming event in Karnataka.

      • TMRG says:

        If they invite bids at this stage, then the project’s construction will initially be funded entirely by the state government with the hope that private funding will kick in at a later stage. It’s a gamble, but worth the risk.

        That’s usually how construction on a new project commences – Eg. Lucknow, Noida or even BLR Phase 2.

        • Partha says:

          Thank you for the information. That’s good to know. Hopefully, it works here well enough without any delays or hangups. Last thing we need in Bangalore is this critical project hanging in balance because of funding.

  5. Swaroop B says:

    Wait a minute! I think the underslung methodology is being used cause a launching gantry wouldn’t be able to make that turn. Also, the orange things clinging on to the piers – I have seen them on piers at Hoodi too. So that acute turn at Hoodi will also get this treatment. All makes sense now!

  6. flthere says:

    Looks like quality of viaduct segments have been improved by ITD a lot, compared to previous phase 1 viaducts? Good job ITD

  7. sagar says:

    its great speed.

  8. Satwik says:

    I am wondering why there are no construction updates for past 4 months. Seen similarly for some other cities. Is @themetrorailguy shutting down?

    • Vijay George Richards says:

      Yes been wondering the same thing as well. Lot of things have been happening and there are no updates from TMRG.


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