DRA Launches Mumbai – Ahmedabad Bullet Train C7’s 1st Segment
IRCON International – Dineshchandra R. Agrawal Infracon JV this Monday launched their 1st precast segment for 18.133 km civil Package C-7 of the 508.17 km Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR Bullet Train) project.
Package C-7’s viaduct connects chainage 489.467 to 507.600 of the main-line. It’s the third longest section within Gujarat state and lies entirely within the Ahmedabad metropolitan region with 2 elevated stations at Ahmedabad and Sabarmati (view preliminary station designs here).
National National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (NHSRCL) had awarded IRCON – DRA JV with C7’s Rs. 3429 crore contract in November 2021 with a completion period / deadline of 1643 days (4.5 years).
Construction is being executed by DRA Infra in Ahmedabad’s suburbs using segmental box girders, instead of full span girders, due to site constraints. I estimate they’ll eventually launch approximately 6400 segments in total.
Back in December 2022, DRA’s team hit 2 significant milestones – they cast their 1st pier on-site and also cast their 100th segment at their casting yard located in Ahmedabad’s Vatva neighborhood (view on Google Maps).
With this development, launching activity is now underway at 3 out of 4 elevated civil packages within Gujarat, with the others being C4 & C6 by L&T.
Per the Ministry of Railways’ Twitter handle, the project had achieved physical progress of 32.93% in Gujarat by the end of February. NHSRCL posted their March update a few weeks ago with some stunning drone views of the completed viaduct – I recommend checking it out here.
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