It is really good news for the citizens as almost 90 per cent civil works along with paint job on 6.67 kms stretch of viaduct plus fly-over on Sitabuldi Automotive stands completed, as Maha Metro looks to wrap-up first phase.As one traverses on Kamptee Road the speed of execution of infrastructure work left one amazed since the year was marked by once in a century outbreak of pandemic. For companies constructing such mega projects might not be a big task, challenge this time was however COVID-19 as the disruption was quite severe. First and foremost satisfaction, not a single person among the 2000 strong work force or from management team was afflicted by virus and that speaks volume about pro-active approach of the company officials.
The work force dynamism ensured that even the tightest deadlines sit lightly on AFCONS shoulders. Such was the co-ordination among the construction work force that enabled such swift execution of even most critical components on this corridor. For example, time cycle of wing erection per span was shortened to just nine days from earlier 28- days resulting in execution of 11 spans in a single month, as some of the new standards set by Team AFCONS in construction of metro corridors. About 4 km of viaduct is handed for laying of tracks and from 4 km spine work corridor about 3.2 km is completed. Not to mention 2320 segments were completed well ahead of schedule that enabled swift launching and completing viaduct plus fly-over. Similarly, one more new initiative on the corridor was level pier construction instead of conventional ground supported staging above NHAI fly-over pier cap. This resulted in time saving of 1.5 day per location during construction of viaduct and for company also it was savings of 165 cubic metres of steel. No doubt there were few tense moments when a large work force went back home during lockdown leaving managers with task of executing the work in that tight deadline. But given the professionalism of the work force, even this moment passed off without any eventuality as not a single incident occurred during the construction phase nor the execution of project lagged. And there is a double decker viaduct of 5.3 km on Automotive route, the longest in country, as it supports metro plus fly-over that sits on single piers. The cooperation received by AFCONS from various from citizens of North Nagpur was most critical aspect of beating the deadline. The company also responded to public support by adjusting alignment of viaduct to avoid cutting down trees at Kadbi Square and near Indora. Also a temple at Teka that was needed to be demolished as it was coming in way of alignment but not a single objection was raised during its demolition.