Afcons has started piling work — the first step of construction — for the New Garia-Airport Metro’s 3.5km elevated stretch from City Centre II to the airport. On Satu-rday, pile foundation work was started from City Centre II.
In February-end, the construction major started the ground work or barricading stretches of the main arterial road of New Town after Afcons emerged as lowest bidder for the Rs 532.6 crore project last December.
“At 4pm on Saturday, we started foundation work. The piling should be completed in eight months,” a senior Afcons engineer said.
Afcons is contracted to complete the 3.5km viaduct, two stations — at Chinar Park and VIP Road (named Rabindra Tirtha and Haldiram respectively) — and the 950m underground stretch till the airport by January 2024. As many as 100 piers will be built along the way. “The underground section, through cut-and-cover and box pushing methods, will start in August or September,” the engineer said.
The 3.5km from City Centre II station to the airport, where the Noapara-Airport Metro will merge with it, was originally planned to be underground. But land acquisition issues prompted implementing agency Rail Vikas Nigam Limited to amend the design.
Source: Times of India