Afcons Infrastructure on Tuesday began casting 28 meter long U-girders to build the viaduct of a 12.811 km western section of Mumbai Metro’s 24.9 km Line-5 (Orange Line) which will connect Thane – Bhiwandi – Kalyan.
Afcons Infrastructure was awarded Line-5’s Package CA-28’s contract on January 7, 2020 but had performed a site site puja and began pile load testing back in October 2019, right after emerging as the lowest bidder.
The team in February had started casting piers in Thane for this section which will connect Kapurbawadi with Dhamankar Naka in Bhiwandi. The 7 seven stations en route will be built at Kapurbawadi, Balkum Naka, Kalher, Purna, Anjurphata, and Dhamankar Naka.
Work to setup the casting yard at Dapode started in August – see images.
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.
Topographical and geotechnical surveying works are currently underway for extending the line by 7 km from Durgadi Chowk in Kalyan to Ulhasnagar, with possibly a new 8 km loop within Bhiwandi connecting Rajiv Chowk with Temghar.
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