Under the aegis of Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC), the civil works of the Kanpur Metro project are being executed at a very fast pace and now another major achievement is going to be associated with the project. In the esteemed presence of Shri Rajendra Kumar Tiwari, Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh, the first U-girder of the project has been erected for the Metro viaduct on Pillar No. 17 and 18 near IIT Kanpur on the Priority Section of Kanpur Metro project. U-girders provide the top deck of Metro viaduct on which track, traction and signaling system are laid for movement of Metro trains. Total of 638 U-girders are to be laid on the 9 KMs long Priority Section (IIT-Motijheel).
Metro construction on priority section of Kanpur Metro project was commenced on 15th November 2019 in auspicious presence of Shri Yogi Adityanath Ji, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, and Shri Hardeep Singh Puri Ji, Hon’ble Minister of State, Housing and Urban Affairs (Independent Charge), Govt. of India. It is a great achievement that in just 8½ months since start of the piling work for the project, UPMRC has successfully erected the first U-girder on 11th August 2020.
The civil construction work of the project got hampered due to the lockdown on account of COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the efficient strategy of the Metro engineers, all efforts are being made to recover the time lost as much as possible and the construction works have regained the momentum. Construction works were resumed on April 29, 2020 at the Casting Yard and Metro Depot with limited manpower, but the UPMRC has left no stone unturned to bring back the labour strength with strategically sourcing maximum labour locally. Consequently the labour count crossed the mark of 1000 in just 50 days after commencing work post Covid-19 lockdown.
On the corridor, construction work began on 15th May 2020 and in a very short span, the civil works have regained the progress. Nearly 60% piling work has been completed on the Priority Corridor and 1385 Piles have been constructed so far. Additionally, erection of 16 double T-girders has also been completed at IIT Metro Station. Significantly, the Kanpur Metro is the first such metro project in the country where double T-girders are being used to prepare the concourse level of the Metro stations to speed up the civil construction and at the same time enhance the beauty of the structure. Construction work of 115 Piers (pillars) has also been completed in the Priority Corridor. Work is proceeding with full vigor even in the Casting Yard for casting of U-girders, double T-girders and Pier-caps.
Shri Kumar Keshav, Managing Director, UPMRC present at the site while erecting the first U-girder stated Kanpur Metro project is among the most prestigious projects of Govt. of India & Govt. of Uttar Pradesh. He congratulated the whole team of UPMRC engineers and contractor for their extremely hard work in these difficult times and reiterated the commitment of UPMRC to implement Kanpur Metro project in the shortest possible time and no stone will be left unturned to achieve the same.
What is a U-girder?
The platform that is prepared and placed on top of the piers (pillars) of the viaduct, on which the metro track is laid, is called a U-girder. These girders are pre-casted or pre-fabricated in the casting yard and are then placed with a crane over the pillars at a fixed time (at night) considering the aspect of safety.
Specifications of a U-Girder:
Around 638 U-girders will be used under the Priority Corridor. A girder will have a length of about 27 meters and a weight of about 147 tons. An arrangement has been made to prepare 18 girders simultaneously in the casting yard of Kanpur Metro and a complete set of 6 girder are prepared at one time.