Kolkata Metro Update: 50m girder span successfully commissioned at Majerhat viaduct on Taratala-Esplanade stretch

The construction work of the Joka-Esplanade Metro (Purple Line) project is going o­n in full swing, as the erection of 50-metre steel composite Girder Span at Majerhat has been completed successfully.

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  • Another milestone has been achieved during the construction of the Joka-Esplanade Metro Project. The construction work of Joka-Esplanade Metro (Purple Line) Project from Taratala to Esplanade stretch has been going o­n in full swing.
  • Erection of 50-metre steel composite Girder Span at Majerhat o­n the very busy Diamond Harbour Road near Burdwan Road Crossing was very challenging.

  • The 4 plate girders of 50m steel composite span have been erected o­n the alignment of the Metro viaduct o­n the approach of Jai Hind Setu.
  • The challenging work at the highly congested crossing in close vicinity of a Petrol Pump, shops and residences involved accurate planning, removal of several utilities and was carried out taking a mega traffic block of 24 hrs.
  • Senior officers of Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. (RVNL) and other staff have been working round the clock to ensure the smooth progress of this work. All safety precautions have been taken at the project site for the workers.

About Kolkata Metro:

  • Metro Railway, Kolkata is the first underground Metro in India. It extends from Dakshineswar to Kavi Subhash Metro station near Garia, on the busy North-South axis of Kolkata over a length of 31.365 Kms. with 26 Stations & 15.70 Kms. of underground section.
  • Based on traffic studies, the Dum Dum – Tollygunge corridor was first selected for implementation and work started on 29th December, 1972. The first metro line in India was completed on 24th October 1984, a stretch of about 3.4 km between Esplanade and Bhowanipur (Netaji Bhavan), thrown open for the Public.

  • The Metro Railway, Kolkata was constructed progressively from 1972 to 2021. In Phase-I, a length of 16.45 Kms from Dum Dum to Tollygunge (Mahanayak Uttam Kumar) completed in 1995 and in Phase-II a length of 5.834 Kms from Mahanayak Uttam Kumar to Kavi Nazrul Metro station is completed in August, 2009.
  • In October 2010, Metro services further extended up to Kavi Subhash, a length of 2.851 Kms. It further extended Dum Dum to Noapara, a length of 2.091 Kms, on 10th July 2013. The last leg was opened on 23rd February 2021 for commercial operation from Noapara to Dakshineswar (4.139 Kms).
  • It extended in the East-West axis from Salt Lake Sector-V to Salt Lake Stadium, covering a length of 5.3 kms with 6 stations on 13th February 2020 and further extended from Salt Lake Stadium to Phoolbagan on 4th October 2020 (1.67 kms). It is further extended from Phoolbagan to Sealdah (2.33 kms) on 11th July 2022.

Source: Kolkata Metro- Press Release | Images Credit: Kolkata Metro