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Erection Of All 2,599 Pillars For Metro Completed

The construction of the Metro Rail pillars, which started in April 2012, got completed with the erection of the last pillar a couple of days back.
Hyderabad | 19th May 2019
The construction of the Metro Rail pillars, which started in April 2012, got completed with the erection of the last pillar (the 2,599th pier) near the MGBS metro station a couple of days back.

Speaking to the press today, HMRL MD N V S Reddy said that the Bhoomi Puja for the first pillar (pier no. 19 near Genpact in Uppal) was done on April 19, 2012. Due to the turmoil prevalent at that time no political dignitary was present and only some senior officers like the then AP Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi, L&T MRHL officials and he himself participated in it.

Except for the 6 km stretch in the Old City, the construction of all the Metro pillars for the 66-km Phase I of the metro project was complete, and that the construction of so many pillars by a single company (L&T) in this manner was a new world record, Reddy said.

The pace of construction was also significant, with one Metro pillar constructed per day on an average, he added.

Of the 2,599 pillars, while 1,569 were normal, 224 were cantilever pillars, 602 were station pillars, 51 were hammer head pillars and 153 were portal pillars, he said.

Reddy said that the construction of such a large number of pillars by barricading 30 feet-width stretches in the middle of the congested roads of Hyderabad was a major engineering and logistics challenge - and accomplishment too.

Stating that a large number of eminent engineers and officers struggled hard over the last seven years to cross all the hurdles, Reddy specifically complimented L&T MRHL engineers M P Naidu, Shanker Lingam and K M Rao, and HMRL senior engineers and officers Mohd Ziauddin, M Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, B N Rajeswar and A Balakrishna for constructing the metro with the least possible inconvenience to the public.
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