KANPUR (Metro Rail News): Kanpur is one of the most prominent cities of Uttar Prades, soon it is going to be identified as a ‘Metro City’. It has been one year completed of the civil construction work of the Kanpur metro under the auspices of Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC).
“During the time UPMRC has sustained an astonishing pace of construction with innovation and commitment to deliver metro services to the citizens in a time-bound and achieved many milestones. To keep in mind the constantly growing population, density, and traffic problems of the city, on March 8th, 2019, the foundation stone of Kanpur Metro Project was laid down by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the dignified presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Subsequently, on the 15th of November 2019, the construction work of 9 Kilometer long ‘Priority Corridor’, between IIT and Motijheel, of Kanpur Metro Project has started by CM Yogi Adityanath in the impendence of Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs. After this inception, the UP Metro faced all the challenges with full strength and doing the civil construction in such a way that the Kanpur Metro project has emerged as an example for other metro projects in the country”, it said in a statement.
UPMRC the team of the engineers has made several innovations with the objective of delivering metro services to Kanpurites within the stipulated time frame and set down new paradigms for other metro projects in the country. UP Metro used double T-girders to form the base of the concourse (first floor of the upstream station) of the metro stations under the Kanpur Metro project, which is used for the first time in the country with the prime objective of speeding construction work and making better infrastructure.
A look at the first-year journey of Kanpur Metro
On 15th November 2019 Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated Civil Construction of Kanpur Metro. On December 31, 2019, the first pier (Pillar) of the Priority Corridor, being built between IIT to Motijheel, was ready. A total of 506 piers are to be prepared in the long primary section, out of which 294 piers have been completed so far.
On January 20, 2020, the casting of U- Girders was started in the Lakhanpur casting yard. A U-girder is about 27 meters long and about 4 meters wide, weighing about 150 tons. Pier cap erection (construction) began on 2 March 2020. A total of 300 pier caps are to be kept in the 9-kilometre long primary section, out of which 132 have been laid. The pier cap fits into the upper part of the metro pier. On July 25, 2020, UP Metro placed the first double T-girder for the concourse of IIT Metro station. Within 2.5 months’ UP Metro completed an erection of 100 double T-girders.
A total of 384 double T-girders are to be laid for the 9 metro stations of the priority corridor out of which 165 have been placed so far. On August 11, 2020, U-girder erections started near the IIT Kanpur under the primary corridor in the presence of the Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh. On the very first day, two U-girders were placed. A century of U-girder erection was completed within just 67 days. A total of 638 U-girders are to be placed in the primary section, out of which 142 U-girders have been positioned so far.