Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Work on East-West corridor underway

Work on East-West corridor underway
AKANKSHA MEHROTRA
DC | BENGALURU


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MINSK SQUARE, VIDHANA SOUDHA, CENTRAL COLLEGE, MAJESTIC TO HAVE UNDERGROUND STATIONS “The ramp work has begun in the East-West Corridor and we are in the process of shifting utilities and finding roads for diversion of traffic” .

Work has begun Aug. 17: Work has begun on the Metro Rail’s underground section (UG-2) in the East-West corridor and construction of stations too could get underway soon.
Tunnelling could begin in November. The UG 2 stretch extends from MG Road to the Leprosy hospital via Vidhana Soudha, KR Circle, KG Road and Majestic. Both the UG1 and UG2 stretches will criss-cross at the Majestic.

The underground stations will be built at Minsk Square, Vidhana Soudha, Central College, City Railway Station and Majestic in the East-West corridor over a distance of 4.45 km.

“The ramp work has begun in the East-West Corridor and we are in the process of shifting utilities and finding roads for diversion of traffic. Once this is done, we will begin work on the underground stations,” says BMRCL chief PRO B.L. Yasvanth Chavan. JV of CEC (Taiwan)

and Soma (India) have bagged the contract for the East-West Corridor underground section after submitting the lowest financial bid for the 3.4 km twin tube tunnels and four cut-andcover underground stations. CEC-Soma JV has ordered two new slurry tunnel boring machine (TBM) systems from Hitachi Zosen of Japan for the project.
"The machines will work through weathered rock and residual soils under a high water table. These are the first Hitachi Zosen TBMs and first slurry TBM systems to be used in India.
They will be shipped to Bengaluru in November," reveals a BMRC official.

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