Metro rail’s last pier built after seven years of work

2,599th pillar was completed couple of days ago

Hyderabad Metro Rail project has reached a milestone with construction of the 2,599th pier or the last pillar near MGBS metro station being completed a couple of days ago, said HMR Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy on Sunday.

Construction of metro pillars started in April 2012 when ‘bhoomi puja’ for the first pillar (Pier No.19 near Genpact in Uppal) was done without much fanfare or political dignitary because of the prevailing political turmoil at that time.

Old City stretch pending

Mr. Reddy said except the 6-km stretch in Old City, all pillars for the 66 km phase-I Metro project have been completed and a new world record created by construction of so many pillars by a single company, L&T. “The pace of construction is also significant and on an average, one metro pillar was constructed per day,” he said.

Depending upon the technical requirement and locational constraints, different shapes have been adopted for metro pillars.

Of the 2,599 pillars, while 1,569 are normal pillars, 224 are cantilever pillars, 602 are station pillars, 51 are hammer head pillars and 153 are portal pillars, he stated.

Mr. Reddy pointed out it has been a major engineering and logistics exercise to construct such a large number of pillars by barricading about 30 feet in middle of the congested city roads.

Highlighting some of the big challenges faced over the years, he said getting permissions from National Highways took three years, four years from defence organisations and innumerable other government organisations.

Acquisition of about 3,000 properties through hours of painstaking negotiations and winning over 370 cases in the High Court, shifting of 200 kms of HT and LT electric cables in about 380 locations, relaying of 25 kms of sewer lines, water lines and storm water drains and shifting of about 5,000 electrical poles were other notable achievements.

Facing agitations

The MD said all through the construction period, the project was faced with various agitations and protests because of political, religious, heritage and other issues which required delicate handling.

It also involved translocation of about 2,100 trees and removal of close to another 3,000 trees with compensatory plantation of about six lakh saplings. The curved national highway at Miyapur was straightened for the sake of terminal station construction.

Mr. Reddy also revealed details of how the religious structures and statues were tackled along the route like taking up bypass roads at Hydernagar, Nizampet, Uppal, JNTU, Moosapet, IDL Cheruvu, Balanagar, ESI Hospital and Khairatabad.

Few would remember that the metro rail alignment was changed from Ravindra Bharati to police control room so as not to affect the view of Assembly building and the Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial.

Widening of several existing culverts were taken up at several locations to facilitate widening of carriage way and construction of pier foundations as also reviving defunct storm water drains between Greenlands junction and HiTec City.

Mr. Reddy placed on record the contribution of L&TMRHL engineering team of M.P. Naidu, Shanker Lingam and K.M. Rao; and HMR senior engineers Mohd. Ziauddin, M. Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, B.N. Rajeswar and A. Balakrishna for constructing the metro with least public inconvenience.

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