PUNE (Metro Rail News): The work of Pune Metro Line 3 aka Puneri Metro on the Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar route has now gained rapid momentum. The construction of the 23-km-long project, jointly launched by Pune IT City Metro Rail Limited (PICTMRL), a Tata group’s special purpose vehicle company, and the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA), has reached the stage of successfully completing one thousand (1000) pilings on Tuesday 12th July.
“The 1000th piling work was completed today at the proposed station No. 10 of Pune Metro Line 3 near Balewadi Stadium. Along with this, a barricading work of 12 thousand 147 RMT on the Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar metro line has been completed till date. A total of 22 piers have been completed. The total number of pile caps for piers including the pile caps to be made for the station has now reached 86. We are working towards increasing this number even faster in the upcoming days and are truly grateful to the citizens of Pune for their ongoing support of this project,” Mr. Alok Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer of Pune IT City Metro Rail Limited said.
Piling work is mainly the construction process used to lay the foundation. The pile cap on which the station is to be erected is the foundation connecting the pier and the piling dug for it. Before placing this pile cap, pits of uniform size are made according to the total pressure on the pole in the ground, which is called ‘pile’. One station pile cap stands on six such pilings. This process is completed in about 14 days. The total time required for this work is 14 days for actual construction followed by a waiting period of 21 days. A pier can be erected on this pile cap in about a month. Meanwhile, important stages like load test and quality check are fulfilled.
The Pune Metro Line 3 is a 23 Km elevated Metro rail project connecting the IT hub of Hinjawadi to the Central business district of Shivajinagar. It is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project awarded by the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) to a consortium consisting of Tata Group’s TRIL Urban Transport Private Limited (TUTPL) and Siemens Project Ventures GmbH. The Project would be developed & operated on Design, build, finance, operate & transfer (DBFOT) basis by a special purpose vehicle (SPV), Pune IT City Metro Rail Limited or PITCMRL for a Concession Period of 35 years including the construction period.