KOCHI (Metro Rail News): With demolition work on the Palarivattom flyover set in motion, the process of removing and demolishing its 102 girders is expected to take four months. As many as 60 workers will be employed at peak hours to break the girders, casting work, removing remnants and other activities.
“Though cutting of the girders is likely to start on Wednesday or Thursday, the two agencies, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society Ltd. refused to divulge where the generated waste will be disposed of. Work on removing the asphalt started on Monday after puja. The girders will be cut using wire cutters”, said one official.
Each girder will be broken into three pieces making it easier for cranes to move them. When work starts, the pillars will be safeguarded by reinforcing them with nets. Barricades will be placed on the stretch of roads flanking the flyover when girders are removed. The broken girders will be ground into powder before being transported for disposal.
“We will dispose of the waste at a convenient spot. If anyone comes forward to buy the waste, we will give it on condition that it is not dumped in a wetland. We want the waste removed at the earliest,” an official said.
“Girders on 17 of the 19 spans will be removed. There are six girders in each span”, he added. The city police in meanwhile has submitted a proposal on traffic diversion to the DMRC which will be implemented once girder removal starts according to sources.