Thursday, August 20, 2009

BMRC starts demolition exercise in September

BMRC starts demolition exercise in September

Bangalore: The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) will begin crucial work on the underground segment next month β€” demolition of buildings for stations and other amenities.
BMRC completed the tendering process for the 42-km Bangalore Metro Phase I. Tenders have also been invited for partial/ complete demolition of 112 buildings in the 8.5-km stretch of the underground route β€” Chinnaswamy Stadium to Magadi Road in the East-West corridor, and Swastik to City Market in the North-South corridor.
BMRC officials said the properties notified for acquisition and demolition are litigation-free. Three government buildings have already been acquired and demolition has begun.
Chickpet, with its combination of commercial and residential layouts, is a highly sensitive area with buildings structured like a pack of cards. The area needs to be dealt with precision while demolishing.
Near the stadium, Majestic, Pocket Track, Swastik and Central College, 57 buildings have been identified for complete demolition and nine for partial demolition. In City Market, Chickpet and Basaveshwaranagar areas, 36 buildings will be fully razed and 10 partially brought down.
β€œThe properties are litigation-free and by September, demolition work will begin. Right now, road diversions have been done and work has started near Vidhana Soudha. The stations will be constructed first and tunnelling work will start later,” BMRC chief engineer (design and contracts) N P Sharma said.
The underground network is estimated to cost Rs 3,000 crore. Tunnelling will commence only after a year. Boring machines will be imported from Germany.
Cutting tools like wire saw, wall saw and floor saw
Machines to ensure safety of personnel deployed for demolition, and of the remaining portions (in cases of partial demolition) and adjacent properties
Contractors should not have been declared ineligible by state or central government, due to corrupt and fraudulent practices
Joint venture tenders have been barred


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