SURAT (Metro Rail News): Work on Surat Metro Rail Project is progressing well despite the menace of Covid-19 pandemic. At present work is under construction on 21.61 km long Line-1 from Dream City to Sarthana under Phase-1. Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) is the implementing agency for this project.
On Line-1, 77.27% of geotechnical investigation and 47% test pile casting work is completed for Dream City to Kadarsha Ni Nal elevated section of 11.6 km. In January this year, a joint venture of Sadbhav Engineering Ltd. and SP Singla Constructions Pvt. Ltd. was awarded the contract for construction of this elevated section with 10 stations for INR 779.73 Crores with a completion period of 30 months.
According to GMRC official, “In test pile casting, we check load capacity. We try to find out if the design matches the requirements of the spot of construction. So far, the results are satisfactory.”
As per Banchhanidhi Pani, Surat Municipal Commissioner, “The project work continued amid the pandemic and testing work is completed on some portion. As the situation becomes normal the work will take speed.”
At present, 300 workers are available for construction activities at various locations of city. “In normal circumstances we would have completed the pile testing work at least on one section.
We are delayed by one month but we will cover it soon by increasing our total workforce and machinery,” said the official.
“We will gradually increase the total workforce to 1,000 labourers by the end of August that will accelerate the work further,” he added.
Line-1 of Surat Metro comprises construction of 21.61 km long corridor from Sarthana to Dream City with 20 stations on the route. The corridor has elevated portion of 15.14 km and underground section of 6.47 km. This corridor will be built in 3 packages for which contracts are already awarded. The total estimated cost is INR 12,020 Crores.