CHENNAI, INDIA (Metro rail news): On 09th September 2021, Hon’ble Minister for Railways, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, flagged off indigenously designed and manufactured Full Span Launching Equipment, Straddle Carrier and Girder Transporter to expedite the construction of a viaduct for Mumbai- Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor.
The other vital people present at the ceremony were Mr. Miyamoto Shingo, Hon’ble Minister, Embassy of Japan, Shri Suneet Sharma, Chairman & CEO, Railway Board, Shri Satish Agnihotri, MD, NHSRCL, Shri Anupam Kumar, Shri S N Subrahmanyan, CEO & MD, L&T Construction.
Addressing the ceremony, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw said that we boost the Aatmanirbhar Bharat mission. The entire span launching equipment of 1100 MT capacity is designed and manufactured by M/s Larsen &Toubro (L&T) at Kanchipuram, Chennai. M/s L&T has partnered with 55 Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSME). India is now coming within the select group of the country like Italy, Norway, Korea, and China, designing and manufacturing such equipment. It will expedite a high-speed railway, as is that the proven technology in metro and similar projects. Work has already begun on 325 KM out of the 508 KM corridor between Mumbai & Ahmedabad. More than 97% of the land has been acquired for the project in Gujarat, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, and 30% of the project will improve skillset in various rail construction technologies. Japanese counterparts will provide training to National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited employees and also to contractors. More than 6000 workers are already working at various construction sites for the project, thus creating employment opportunities for the local youth.
The Mumbai Ahmedabad, High-Speed Rail project is expected to create over 90,000 jobs in this area, including 51,000 technicians and skilled and unskilled workers. In addition, this project will boost the general economy of the location by deploying 1000s of trucks, dumpers, excavators, batching plants, and tunneling equipment. It is estimated that 7.5 million plenty of cement, 2.1 million plenty of steel, and 70000 tons of steel will be used. National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited is additionally preparing detailed project reports for seven high-speed rail corridors. With the experience of execution of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail project, the works of other corridors will be faster, he added.
For constructing viaduct superstructures of 508 KM extended, MAHSR, the State-of-the-Art construction methodologies like Full Span Launching Methodology (FSLM) will be adopted. This technology will expedite launching girders because the precast girders of full span length will be erected as one piece for a double-track viaduct. FSLM is employed worldwide because it is quicker than the segment by segment launching method, usually adopted to develop viaducts for the metro system. As a result, India is now coming within the select group of nations like Italy, Norway, Korea, and China to style and manufacture such equipment.