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