2020 had another major update in store!
Larsen & Toubro on Wednesday performed a bhoomi puja and ground breaking ceremony in Meerut for two key packages of the 82.15 km Delhi – Meerut RRTS Line which were awarded by National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) in October-November 2020.
The two packages include:
Civil Package 7 – this roughly 12 km elevated package of the main-line with 5 stations consists of 2 disjointed parts on either side of Meerut city:
- Northern end of Shatabdi Nagar to Brahampuri DN Ramp with 1 station at Brahmapuri (approx 2 kms)
- Begumpul UP Ramp to Modipuram with 4 stations at MES Colony, Daurli, Meerut North and Modipuram (approx 10 kms)
Track-work Package 17 – includes the manufacturing, supply, installation, and commissioning of a ballast-less track system
Larsen & Toubro won Package 7’s work in November after placing the lowest bid of Rs. 723.35 crore beating four other firms. When piling work begins, it’ll become the Delhi – Meerut RRTS line’s fourth package where work has started, taking the under construction portion’s length to approximately 63 km out of 82.15 km.
Prior to winning Package 7, L&T won system Package 17’s ballastless track-work contract with a value of Rs. 648.46 crore, narrowly beating KEC – STS – VNC JV by just Rs. 6 lakh. Ballastless tracks were chosen by NCRTC based on PORR Bau’s recommendation for the following reasons:
- Low maintenance requirements
- Less dimension of track both depth and width (results in reduction of Tunnel Diameter)
- Saving in elevated structure cost due to less weight
- Maintenance of complex Geometric parameters of track
- Increased service life
- Make in India- Equal Opportunity for Indian contractors
A list of the Delhi – Meerut RRTS project’s packages (civil & systems) and their status can be viewed here.
For more updates, check out the NCR RRTS section of The Metro Rail Guy!