Making yet another record, the Noida-Greater Noida Metro corridor has started the concreting of the biggest precast pier cap to be used for the 21 station platforms along the 29-km elevated route.
- Each station will support five pier caps, with each cap weighing 160 tonnes.
- The state-of-the-art caps are being designed by Spanish firm Ayesa, while the technique is being provided by French company Systra engaged by DMRC.
- The foundation for the first precast post-tensioned pier cap was laid by the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) Managing Director on Tuesday.
- According to DMRC officials, a total of 105 pier caps will be precast.
- Normally in other Metros in the country, the biggest pier cap used up to now has been 2.50 metres wide and 11 metres long. For the Noida-Greater Noida Metro track, we will be casting post-tensioned pier caps measuring 2.90 metres wide x 17.5 metres long and 2.5 metres deep, which will be done for the first time in India.
- The first of the caps will be launched 15 days from now. This will be done simultaneously at all the 21 stations along the route.
- The use of these precast components also enhances work-zone safety and reduces environmental impacts, besides providing good seismic resistance, durability as well as easy assembly.
- According to DMRC officials, all civil work for the track will be completed by June 2017. The Metro, which is estimated to cost Rs 5,533 crore, is expected to roll by December 2017.