PUNE (Metro Rail News): NCC Ltd., on October 31, celebrates the launch of the 10.795 km Reach-1 (PCMC – Range Hills) section of Pune Metro’s 16.589 km Purple Line, which will connect PCMC – Swargate through 14 stations.
NCC was given the construction of the 31.254 km Reach 1 viaduct for the Pune Metro Phase 1 project in February 2017 with a contract of Rs. 499.01 crores. Its 6 km Priority Section between PCMC and Phugewadi was inaugurated in March 2022. Still, work on the remaining sections (Phugewadi to Range Hills) has been severely hampered by problems with land acquisition.
NCC used a casting yard at Tathawade to support the construction of this section, and 3900 segments were cast, with the final one being cast a few days earlier on October 19, 2022.
Typically, each segment is 3 metres long, 8.5 metres wide at the top, and 3.5 metres wide at the bottom, weighing around 37 MT. Similar to the segments cast in Nagpur, segments in Pune have been merged and cast alongside a parapet wall (unique in Indian metropolises) to reduce construction time, transportation time, and the expense of separate casting mould purchases.
In March 2018, the first section of Old Mumbai Road was opened using the underslung constructing technique and a mobile crane. Coincidentally, a mobile crane was also used to launch the final segment close to Khadki.
PCMC, Sant Tukaram Nagar, Bhosari (Nashik Phata), Kasarwadi, Phugewadi, Dapodi, Bopodi, Khadki, and Range Hills are the locations of nine stations on Reach-1 by HCC – Al Fara’a JV.
NCC launched its final segment of 7.15 kilometre Reach 2 (Vanaz – Civil Court) of the Aqua Line in western Pune in July 2022.
With this achievement, the only remaining portion of Phase 1 where J Kumar Infraprojects has not completed viaduct work is 7.578 km Reach 3 (Civil Court – Ramwadi) in eastern Pune.