Afcons Infrastructure last Friday celebrated the launch of their 500th U-girder for constructing the 8.728 km priority corridor of Kanpur Metro’s 23.785 km Line-1 between IIT Kanpur and Motijheel.
This is a significant milestone within the team’s plan to erect a total of 622 U-girders. The very first 25m U-girder weighing 147 MT was launched in August 2020. Since then:
- 100th: October 2020 (67 days since 1st)
- 200th: December (63 days since 100th)
- 300th: February (57 days since 200th)
- 400th: April (64 days since 300th)
- 500th: June (62 days since 400th)
Afcons Infrastructure is rapidly building this section’s civil structure (viaduct & stations) through a Rs 734.56 crore contract for Package KNPCC-02R awarded in September 2019.
The 9 stations on Kanpur’s Priority Corridor are located on NH34 (GT Road) at IIT Kanpur, Kalyanpur Railway Station, SPM Hospital, CSJM Kanpur University, Gurudev Chauraha, Geeta Nagar, Rawatpur Railway Station, Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital and Moti Jheel.
With this and other recent launches, UPMRCL claims a 7 km of contiguous viaduct is now ready within 312 days.
Some additional images of the U-girder for the depot-line placed near Geeta Nagar Station:
With a February 2022 commissioning deadline in mind, the next 8 months are going to be extremely busy for UPMRC and all contractor teams. In the middle of all that, the first of 39 Alstom’s 3-coach MOVIA trainsets is expected to arrive in town in October with UPMRC hoping to start trial runs in November.
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