Earlier this month, workers from Afcons Infrastructure began casting piers for the 12.811 km western section’s viaduct of Mumbai Metro’s 24.9 km Line-5 (Orange Line) which will connect Thane – Bhiwandi – Kalyan.
As of February 19 – a set of 3 piers, each 8.5 meters long, were ready between Kapurbawadi in Thane and Balkum Pada, with readers reporting to have seen casting formwork set up on 2 piers and rebar for more being tied up.
The western section (package CA28) under Afcons’ mandate includes 7 stations at Kapurbawadi, Balkum Naka, Kalher, Purna, Anjurphata, and Dhamankar Naka.
Bids for package CA28’s civil construction between Kapurbawadi in Thane and Dhamankar Naka in Bhiwandi were invited in January 2019. Afcons was issued a Letter of Award by MMRDA on January 7, but performed a site site puja and began pile load testing back in October 2019, right after emerging as the lowest bidder.
The route of Line-5’s eastern section between Bhiwandi and Kalyan still hasn’t been finalized yet due to opposition from local residents and shopkeepers opposing the acquisition of their properties, and the shifting of Prabhakar Oak Clock Tower and a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
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