Afcons has started piling work for the New Garia-Airport Metro’s 3.5km elevated stretch from City Centre II to the airport. On Saturday last week (10th April 2021), pile foundation work was started from City Centre II.
The construction major had started the ground work including barricading of stretches of the main arterial road of New Town in February End, after emerging as lowest bidder for the Rs 532.6 crore project last December.
“At 4pm on Saturday, we started foundation work. The piling should be completed in eight months,” a senior Afcons engineer said. Afcons is contracted to complete the 3.5 km viaduct, two stations viz. Chinar Park and VIP Road (named Rabindra Tirtha and Haldiram respectively) and the 950m underground stretch till the airport by January 2024.
As many as 100 piers will be built along the way. “The underground section, through cut-and-cover and box pushing methods, will start in August or September,” the engineer said. The 3.5km from City Centre II station to the airport, where the Noapara-Airport Metro will merge with it, was originally planned to be underground. But land acquisition issues prompted implementing agency Rail Vikas Nigam Limited to amend the design.