Afcons Infrastructure last Thursday performed a bhoomi puja and ground breaking ceremony in Delhi’s New Ashok Nagar neighborhood for Package 6 of the 82.15 km Delhi – Meerut RRTS Line which was awarded by National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) in November 2020.
Afcons had emerged as the lowest bidder among 5 for constructing an approximately 4.3 km section between Sarai Kale Khan – New Ashok Nagar in September 2020. They will be chasing a 910 day deadline to complete civil works.
Their scope includes building a viaduct from Sarai Kale Khan Station to New Ashok Nagar’s Down-Ramp, a bridge over the Yamuna River, an entry ramp leading to the Jangpura Stabling Yard (where a few Bombardier train-sets will stabled overnight for morning services), and two elevated stations at Sarai Kale Khan and New Ashok Nagar.
The station at Sarai Kale Khan will in the future also serve as the terminal for the 164 km Delhi – Alwar RRTS and 103 km Delhi – Panipat RRTS lines, with multi-modal integration with the Delhi Metro’s Pink Line, Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, and ISBT bus station. A rudimentary, purely indicative design can be viewed here.
Here are some shots snapped in New Ashok Nagar along Hindon Canal and Ghazipur Drain:
Afcons will be assisted by Tandon Consultants Pvt. Ltd – Fountainhead JV who were appointed as the detailed design consultants (DDC) for the Sarai Kale Khan & New Ashok Nagar stations in September 2019. Initial pile load tests have already been conducted by Continental Piling & Excavation Pvt. Ltd. through a contract awarded in February 2020.
Piling work has been planned to start today (Monday). When that happens, Package 6 will become the 5th of 7 main-line packages, after packages 1, 2, 3 & 7, where construction work has started taking the under construction portion’s length to approximately 67 km out of 82.15 km.
For more updates, check out the NCR RRTS section of The Metro Rail Guy!