Workers from Afcons Infrastructure have mobilized machinery and started full-fledged construction work for building a 3.655 km section of Bangalore Metro’s 21.386 km Line-4 (Reach 6 / Pink Line) which’ll connect Nagawara – Gottigere (Kalena Agrahara).
Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) had awarded Afcons Infrastructure with a Rs. 1526.33 crore contract for Package RT-01 (Dairy Circle Ramp – National Military School) of the 73.92 km Bangalore Metro Phase 2 project exactly a year ago on June 11, 2019.
Since then, Afcons has hired engineers and workers for different positions, mobilized machinery at sites across Bannerghatta Road, started setting up their casting yard and performed trial trench works at the Dairy Circle South Ramp. A separate contractor, BR Chawla, has been engaged to perform demolition works at Lakkasandra Station and other sites along Afcons’ package.
Afcons plans to deploy 3 tunnel boring machines (TBMs), most likely sourced from Herrenknecht from what I hear, to build 8 tunnels on this package between the Dairy Circle South Ramp, Dairy Circle Station, Lakkasandra Station (formerly Mico Industries), Langford Town Station and National Military School Station (formerly Vellara Junction).
Here are some nice images from Twitter follower @WF_Watcher (Whitefield Woes) shot on Friday at the Dairy Circle Station’s site. It appears that workers have started building a guide-wall around the station’s site.
Short Video from the site. pic.twitter.com/nOgu8ObhHC— Whitefield Woes (@WF_Watcher) June 12, 2020
This Dairy Circle – MG Road section of the line was in the news last week over the felling of trees at night. Per BMRCL, they had obtained permission to axe 165 trees at various locations, but local citizens and activists raised their voices for “not being consulted” and against BMRCL for “not following the due process of law”. More on that can be read in these Deccan Herald and The Hindu articles.
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