NCC Casts 1st Pier for Pune Metro’s Line-2 at Kothrud

Workers from the NCC Ltd. on March 11 completed casting their first pier for Pune Metro’s 14.667 km Line-2 on Paud Road in just under seven months after being awarded with a contract to build the 7.15 km Reach-2 section’s viaduct.

Construction work on Reach-2 (Vanaz – Civil Court) of Pune’s 31.254 km Phase 1 project commenced on September 28 2017 – a little over a month after NCC won a Rs. 363.70 crore contract from the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro) on August 16 2017. Workers began tying up rebar for the first set of piers in January 2018 and began shuttering work using casting molds (formwork) in late February.

The 1st completed pier is located just north of Krishna Hospital in Prashant Society (Kothrud) close to Anand Nagar Station’s site-

Vanaz – Civil Court section of Pune’s Line-2 – view Pune Metro map & information

Here are some images shot over the past 3 weeks. As of March 15, 2 piers have been cast.

February 28: Formwork placed around the 1st pier’s rebar cage – Photo Copyright: Pune Metro

February 5: Concrete being poured – Photo Copyright: Pune Metro Rail

March 11: ..and it’s ready – Photo Copyright: New India

March 14: Line-2’s 1st pier (background) and 2nd pier (foreground) – Photo Copyright: Pune Metro

Site on March 15 – Photo Copyright: New India

Proper finishing work has always been an issue in India; hopefully they’ll apply a coat of paint/epoxy over those smudges visible in the 3rd image to provide a clean & consistent look. Elsewhere in India, ITD Cementation in Bangalore recently took a similar amount of time of less than 7 months (contract to casting) to build the 1st pier of the Purple Line’s 15.257 km Whitefield extension project – see my post on that here.

As per a local news report shared by Pune Metro’s Twitter handle, NCC has until now completed building the foundation (4 piles + pile cap) for 20 piers and is working on another 40 piers’ foundation.

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

– TMRG

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9 Responses to "NCC Casts 1st Pier for Pune Metro’s Line-2 at Kothrud"

  1. Yash Mhadgut says:

    Why is there a difference in colour of pier? This one is white and the Mumbai metro piers are grey. And in terms of finishing, mumbai metro piers look ugly.

    Reply
    • TMRG says:

      Hi, NCC has built & cured it with a white-pigmented compound as per MahaMetro’s specifications to resemble the ones in Hyderabad.

      MMRDA in Mumbai didn’t have similar requirements.

      Reply
  2. Tushar Sharma says:

    Hi,
    I am an employee of Maha-Metro, clarifying few things here. The awarded contract price is 348.2 Cr., not 363.7 Cr. Also, the epoxy painting shall be applied to all exposed surfaces. The look will be similar to that of Nagpur Metro.

    Reply
    • TMRG says:

      Thanks for your input!
      1) Bid submitted by NCC was 363.70 crores. Was the final contract value negotiated down 348.20 crores?
      2) Good to know about epoxy being applied. Nagpur Metro’s pier design takes inspiration from Hyderabad Metro – the 1st system to use a white-pigmented curing compound.

      Reply
  3. Ritik says:

    Hey new follower of your blog here. You’re doing a great job!
    An unrelated question: With all the media reports of Delhi CM saying some routes of phase 4 are unviable, is there some chance that the line routes will be modified?

    Reply
    • TMRG says:

      Glad you like it!

      Out of Phase-4’s 6 routes, I believe they’ll initially approve some of the more viable routes, but not necessarily modify their alignment/terminals. They haven’t identified the unviable ones, but I’m pretty sure alluding to the Red Line’s Rithala – Narela extension and the Pink Line’s northern route connecting Mukundpur – Maujpur. If I had it my way, I would drop them as well in favor of extending the Inderlok-Indraprastha line to connect Indraprastha – Lajpat Nagar OR Indraprastha – Khan Market – Chanakyapuri – Vasant Kunj.

      Reply
  4. Ishan says:

    Hey! Love your blog.
    An unrelated request – can you do an article for your prediction of State of Indian Metros in 2030. It can cover lengths of different metro systems, which all cities have metros, HSR networks, Hyperloops, etc.

    Reply

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