Besides Afcons starting work on the 82.15 km Delhi – Meerut RRTS line’s 1.35 km Yamuna Bridge, another construction milestone was recorded in January. Workers from Vijay Nirman Company – KEC International JV started site preparation work on the line’s important Duhai Depot (Package 5A) in Ghaziabad District.
Duhai Depot along with Modipuram Depot (tender notice pending) will be used to stable and maintain this semi high-speed line’s 210 coach Alstom (which acquired Bombardier Transportation) rolling stock. A smaller stabling yard is planned at Jangpura in Delhi where a few train-sets will be stabled overnight for the first few morning services.
Since January, VNC-KEC has hired engineers and workers for different positions, mobilized machinery and brought in construction material on site. Here’s a snap shot yesterday, shared by a follower, with a partial view of the depot’s site:
The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) awarded Duhai Depot’s Rs. 279.07 crore construction contract in December 2020 after VNC-KEC placed the lowest bid in September. They will be chasing a 2 year deadline which aligns well with the NCRTC’s March 2023 deadline to commission the 18 km priority section (Sahibabad – Duhai).
Although work on the priority section started in 2019, work on the depot couldn’t begin due to land acquisition hurdles which resulted in NCRTC scouting and finalizing a new location in the vicinity of the original location at Madhuban-Bapudham Village as late as September 2020.
The depot’s finalized location remains unknown, but it will come up close to the Eastern Peripheral Expressway’s interchange with NH-34 on the northern-end of 18 km priority corridor section (Sahibabad – Duhai EPE). This is where APCO-CRFG JV’s Package 2 ends and Larsen & Toubro’s Package 3 begins.
Technical details of the depot’s stabling/workshop lines are still unknown at this time. If anyone is aware of the new/current plan, leave a comment below or shoot me an email and I can add them in here.
Here’s a video uploaded by a local YouTuber on February 14 showing site preparation / leveling works underway:
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