India's first privately-promoted and funded Rs 1,000-crore metro rail project Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon (RMG) - which has been delayed from its scheduled completion time of January 2013 by about six months following land transfer issues - seems to have finally picked up speed.
One can see the spectacle of concrete girders being laid along the Gurgaon Expressway and in DLF Cybercity.
The good news is that 18 such girders (also called viaducts) out of a total of 284 have already been set up. These are single-piece girders unlike the DMRC's 10-piece ones, laid on the Gurgaon line.
The promoters claimed that these girders being one-piece structure not only presented better aesthetics in tune with the city's skyline, but the setting of such structures was much faster.
"The girders which are precast at the casting yards are 25-meter single-piece structures as against 10-piece girders used on the DMRC metro line."
"Such structure not only provides better finish, it hardly takes two hours to set up the pillars compared to 3-4 days in the conventional method," said the spokesperson of Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL).
As per the detailed project report, the 6.1-km RMG project to come up on the elevated track, will have six stations and will start from near DMRC's Sikanderpur Metro station and make a loop in the DLF City II to terminate at the same place.
The first girder was launched on August 9.
RMGL consultant Survesh Tiwari said the company targeted to launch two girders a day after the monsoon gets over. "The movement of girders starts at midnight from the casting yard. These are set during the early morning hours when the movement of traffic is minimal," he added.