Metro project needs a detailed design component which acts like a guide for a contractor, listing finer details on how a station, tunnel or viaduct should be built.
According to CMRL officials, this detailed design component and land acquisition are the main causes for delays. However, in the case of phase II, nearly 90% of the detailed design has been already completed. A good portion of the land has been acquired and the process of acquiring the remaining portions is under way, officials said.
“In phase I, the contractor had to design and build the stations, which caused delay. In addition, land acquisition was not easy in some locations. So, we decided to start with the detailed design ahead of construction and gave contracts to certain firms. They have finished most of the work now and the remaining designs will be ready soon. We will hand them over to the contractors so they can immediately start construction,” an official said.
The phase II project could face other challenges which would need solid planning and execution, another official said.
In the Madhavaram-SIPCOT stretch, underground stations have to be built in congested areas, like Purasawalkam, Perambur and Royapettah, without affecting nearby buildings.
“Traffic planning has to be meticulous so commuters do not waste fuel and lose time. The shifting of utility lines has to be done in coordination with the other departments. If any of them are not done properly, it will wreak havoc, hamper the implementation greatly and make life difficult for commuters. They should ensure contractors stick to deadlines,” the official said.
CMRL has floated tenders for civil work and plans to give out contracts soon, with construction aimed to start next year.
Patna, India (Urban Transport News): Workers from NCC Limited has now started pre-construction activities for the construction of a 6.107 km elevated viaduct and five metro stations on Corridor-2 of Phase I of the 30.91 km Patna Metro Rail project.
They have deployed a piling rig in the Bhoothnath neighborhood to begin the first step of construction work and barricaded some portions of the corridor-2 on Bypass Road, and started conducting a new round of geotechnical soil investigation to validate the findings of a previous investigation conducted by CEG Group. ... more...
After winning the civil contract package (PC-01) by NCC Limited in August 2020, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) had issued the letter of acceptance (LoA) to NCC Limited with a value of Rs 552.93 crore. The contractor has to complete the work in 2.5 years (30 months).
The scope of work under this contract includes Part Design and Construction of the Elevated Viaduct, Viaduct connection to the Depot including an elevated ramp for the Depot, Stabling & Extension of the Viaduct for Corridor-1 at Khemni Chak Station, Special Spans, Elevated Ramp at Malai Pakri and Five Elevated Stations viz. Malai Pakri, Khemni Chak (Interchange station), Bhoothnath, Zero Mile & New ISBT (Excluding Architectural Finishing works of stations & PEB works of stations) from Chainage 8020.000 mt. to 14127.726 mt. of Patna Railway station to New ISBT Corridor 2 of Phase-I of Patna Metro Rail project.
Last year on 17th February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone of the Patna Metro Rail project. After that DMRC had made some changes in the alignments of the corridor in view of providing metro connectivity to more people.
The 14.05 km Corridor-2 of Phase I of the Patna Metro Rail project will connect Patna Railway Junction to New ISBT through 14 stations.
AGRA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate Rail project on December 1. The online inauguration ceremony will also be attended by chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
Ahead of the programme, barricading for the construction of the first corridor is being done on Fatehabad road. Besides, the foundation of the first metro rail station will be laid opposite TDI Mall on Fatehabad road. ... more...
Confirming the programme, magistrate Prabhu N Singh said, “The Prime Minister will be virtually inaugurating the project in the presence of the chief minister and other dignitaries on December 1. The require arrangements are being made.”
In the first phase, three metro stations — Taj East Gate, Basai and Fatehabad road — and an elevated four-km-long track will be constructed within 26 months and at an expected cost of Rs 273 crore. The tendering process for which was completed.
On February 28, 2019, the Union cabinet had approved the Agra Metro Rail project with two corridors that would connect major public nodes, tourist places and city cluster areas in Agra.
According to UP Metro Rail Corporation Limited (UPMRC) officials, the Rs 8,379.62 crore Agra Metro Rail project will be a major boost to the urban public transport connectivity in the city. The implementation of the metro rail system will result in less vehicular traffic and better movement on the roads leading to a reduction in congestions, travel time, cost of journeys, accidents and pollution.
According to the detailed project report (DRP) approved by the Union cabinet, the Agra Metro Rail project will have two corridors passing through the heart of the city and connecting prominent tourist places, including the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Etmaddulah and Sikandra, as well as major government offices, hospitals and market places. A total of 27 stations will be developed along the 29.4 km rail corridor in the city.
The Southern Railway has cancelled workmen special suburban train services on Wednesday in view of Cyclone Nivar. In a press release, the Southern Railway said it would be stopping suburban special trains from 10 a.m. onwards until further notice. The Chennai division on Tuesday had curtailed the suburban train services.
Chennai Metro Rail services will continue to function from 7 a.m. till 10 p.m. with a frequency of 10 minutes, according to a press release. But the services will be regulated based on the windspeed and water level in the track,... more...
In the view of 'Delhi chalo' protest march by farmers against Centre's new farm law, the Delhi Metro services from neighbouring cities to the national capital will remain suspended, the officials said. However, metro services will be available from Delhi towards the National Capital Region (NCR) sections.
"From 2 pm onwards Metro services are available from Delhi towards the NCR sections. However, services from NCR sections to Delhi still continue to remain suspended due to security reasons till further notice," Delhi Metro Rail Corporation wrote on Twitter. ... more...
The Delhi metro services to and from the National Capital Region were suspended till 2 pm on Thursday due to farmers' rally.
"Due to Kisan Rally call for Delhi, on the request of Delhi Police & to avoid overcrowding in wake of ongoing COVID pandemic, services will be regulated tomorrow (Thursday) from resumption early in the morning till 2 PM through loops." DMRC said earlier.
The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh and various factions of the Bharatiya Kisan Union have joined hands and formed a 'Samyukta Kisan Morcha' to press the central government to scrap the three new farm laws.
The Delhi Police, however, said they have rejected all requests received from various farmer organisations regarding the protest. The authorities warned of legal action against them if they came to the city to hold any gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava visited the bordering areas and took stalk of the situation there."Due to COVID-19, guidelines have been issued in which political gathering is not permitted here and for this, their (the farmers') request was rejected. If they still make an attempt, we have deployed personnel at the borders to not let them enter the national capital. We are also in contact with Punjab and Haryana Police," he said.
Asked about commuters facing inconvenience, the Delhi Police chief said, "Since they (protesting farmers) have already blocked the nation highway, there are going to be some problems, but we will try to sort it out as soon as possible... Instead of coming to the national capital, they (farmers) should go back and do not break any guideline."
Delhi Police personnel have been deployed in large numbers in the border areas of the national capital. All the incoming vehicles were being checked in view of the protest.
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