Work Begins on Patna Metro’s Phase 1 Project


As I mentioned in Agra Metro’s post the other day, work to facilitate the construction of the 30.91 km Patna Metro Phase 1 project has in fact also started!

Over the past two months, NCC Ltd. has been mobilizing men & machinery, barricaded a portion of Line-2 on Bypass Road, and started conducting a new round of geotechnical soil investigation to revalidate findings of a previous investigation by CEG. In fact they’ve gone a step further by deploying a piling rig in Bhoothnath neighborhood to begin the first step of construction work.

NCC had emerged as the lowest bidder in August-end, beating 3 firms, for the project’s 6.107 km Malahi Pakri – New ISBT (Package PC-01) section of the 14.05 km Line-2 which will connect Patna Junction Railway Station – New ISBT through 14 stations.

The contract to NCC from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is valued at Rs. 552.93 crore and comes with a 30 month deadline. Their scope of work includes building this 6.107 km section’s viaduct and 5 elevated stations at Malahi Pakri, Khemni Chak, Bhoothnath, Zero Mile and New ISBT. It also includes the construction of a viaduct leading to the New ISBT Depot, as well as a small rake-interchange viaduct at Khemni Chak connecting to the 16.85 km Line-1.

Route map of Patna Metro’s Line-2 between Malahi Pakri – New ISBT with the indicative location of enroute stations – view Patna Metro info & full map
Work Begins on Patna Metro’s Phase 1 Project
Barricades on Bypass Road with a geotechnical soil investigation tripod in the background

From what I hear NCC has subcontracted piling works to a company called IB Infrastructure for an undisclosed value. They’ve deployed a new SANY piling rig at Bhootnath Station’s site –

Piling rig at Bhoothnath Station’s site
Piling equipment strewn on-site – Photo Copyright: Shivam Setu
Surveyor from Mapage Infrastructure (subcontracted by NCC) in Malahi Pakri

Back in July, Quality Buildcon had emerged as the lowest bidder for building the New ISBT Depot which will serve both Line-1 and Line-2. Per a recent report in the Dainik Bhaskar, land acquisition for its 71 acre site will begin next week.

A list of all Patna Metro Phase 1 tenders (pre-construction and civil) and their status’ can be viewed here.

It’s only a matter time for piling work to begin in Patna and Agra, and I can’t wait to see the friendly race that ensues. Whenever it begins, I’ll move the Patna section on the site’s menu from the ‘Approved’ to the ‘Under Construction’ sub-menu.

For more updates, check out the Patna section of The Metro Rail Guy!


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