NCC Launches Bangalore Metro Airport Line’s 1st U-Girder
NCC Ltd. on Thursday night launched the 1st set of U-girders for Bangalore Metro’s 37 km Airport Line (Blue Line) which will link Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) to KR Puram.
This milestone was recorded at civil Package 3’s piers AP851 – AP852 near Chikkajala using 28m long girders cast at NCC’s yard located in Doddajala (view on Google Maps).
This new metro line, under Bangalore Metro Phase 2B project, comprises of 3 civil packages ranging from 11 to 15 kms. NCC was awarded 3 LOA contracts in November 2021 for 15 elevated stations & viaduct construction work, with completion deadlines ranging from 24 – 27 months.
NCC’s various teams began piling for construction in February 2022, cast the 1st pile cap in March 2022, and began casting U-girders for Package 3 in August 2022.
15.011 km long Package 3 connects Bagalur Cross – KIA (chainage 21500.000m to 36511.000m) with 2 elevated stations at Bettahalasuru and Doddajala.
Work on a majority of 11.003 km Package 1 (KR Puram – Hebbal) continues to be on-hold for over 3 months now, with severe construction restrictions placed, following January’s fatal rebar-related incident. It goes without saying, but this impacts timelines with trickle down effects on the line’s start of operations and connectivity with the rest of the network.
11.678 km Package 2 (Hebbal – Bagalur Cross) will be the next section where U-girders are expected to be launched at Yelahanka in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
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