H.G. Infra Engineering (HGIEL) this week launched their first 27.90m long U-girder for completing pending construction work on a 3.5 km section of Delhi Metro Magenta Line’s 28.92 km Janakpuri West – RK Ashram extension.
This feat was recorded along the Outer Ring Road (ORR)’s northbound lanes in Paschim Vihar in just 9 months since the award of contract by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
This section with 4 elevated stations between Krishna Park Extension Ramp – Mangolpuri was originally a part of the Delhi Metro Phase 4 project‘s 12.375 km long Package DC-01 (Krishna Park Extension Ramp to Haiderpur-Badli Mor Station).
DMRC had awarded its construction contract in November 2019 to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation – KEC International (CCECC – KEC) JV with a deadline of 30 months.
Construction work was launched in December 2019 wherever a clear right-of-way was available, but portions of the Krishna Park Extension Ramp – Mangolpuri section were held up for years due to pending permission approvals to cut trees enroute. After negotiations between CCECC – KEC and DMRC, this section was offloaded from DC-01’s scope and spun off into its own separate package (DC-01A).
After a quick round of bidding, DMRC awarded HG Infra with DC-01A’s Rs. 412.11 crore contract in January 2023. HG’s team cast their first pier (P116) for the viaduct in June 2023 and cast their first U-girder at their Mundka Casting Yard in July.
DC-01’s scope includes the construction of 4 stations at Keshopur, Paschim Vihar, Peeragarhi & Mangolpuri:
HGIEL recorded this milestone in just 9 months since the award of contract. This is just a little longer than JMC’s record of 7 months on Kanpur Metro’s Package KNPCC-07, but way shorter than L&T’s feat of 16 months on Chennai Metro’s Package CP10-EV-03 or NCC’s feat of 17 months for Bangalore Metro’s Airport Line. You could argue though that HGIEL has more room to easily maneuver & stage construction as this section isn’t in the middle of an active roadway.
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