Work begins on Indraprastha-New Ashok Nagar Metro section
New Delhi, Jun 7 (UNI) After completing Phase I of the Delhi Metro nearly three years ahead of schedule, the DMRC today started construction work on the second phase of the project which will connect the New Ashok Nagar area in Noida with ITO.
Civil work for the construction of the Indraprastha - New Ashok Nagar corridor, which is to be completed before the Commonwealth Games in 2010, began today with the DMRC driving a temporary pile near Samachar Apartments, Mayur Vihar.
The 5.2 kms-long Indraprastha - New Ashok Nagar Corridor, which will be fully elevated, will have four stations at Games Village, Mayur Vihar Phase-I, Mayur Vihar Phase-II and New Ashok Nagar.
The civil works will be completed by August 2008 and the target date for start of operations is June 2009.
Soil testing on this corridor, an extension of Line-3 of Phase-I, had been completed earlier and to verify the reports, temporary piles are being driven into various locations depending on the type of soil to conduct tests known as Pile Load Tests.
The concrete takes almost 28 days to set, after which the load tests are conducted in accordance with the Indian Standard Code of Practice for Pile Foundations IS 2911 (Part IV). The load tests ensure that the pillars can endure the weight on them, when the viaducts are constructed and trains run on them.
Only after the successful completion of the load tests, work on permanent piles start. Even then, routine tests are conducted on the piles to ensure their quality.
The casting yard is near Yamuna Depot while testing laboratories will be opened on the sites. Two tyre washing plants are also being installed at the depot and construction site so that dirt is removed from the tyres of trucks before they emerge onto the road.
The construction of the Indraprastha-New Ashok Nagar section is expected to benefit lakhs of office goers from East Delhi and Noida who have their working places in and around the Connaught Place area.
UNI AR AD HT1955