Chhattarpur station races to steel finish

Already delayed by four months, the Gurgaon Metro corridor will now see no further postponement as the Delhi Metro has paced up work on the line. Work on the Chhattarpur Metro station and the line had been held up by problems in land acquisition. Having acquired the plot last October, the DMRC is now constructing a prefabricated station at the site to speed up its completion.

The Chhattarpur Metro Station on the Central Secretariat-HUDA City Centre (Gurgaon) Metro corridor will be the first station to be made fully of steel, as opposed to most other stations that use concrete along with steel elements.

"The DMRC had to resort to this rather unconventional construction technique at Chhattarpur to ensure that the corridor is opened to the public on time before the Commonwealth Games. Conventional construction techniques for stations using concrete would have taken at least two years to complete, delaying the line substantially," Anuj Dayal, DMRC spokesperson, said.

"We were trying to acquire the two-hectare plot since September 2006 but acquired it only in October last year after prolonged litigation. The DMRC engineers thus decided to adopt a different design using special structural steel to construct the station in a record time of only eight months despite a 30 to 50 per cent escalation in costs. No other Metro station in the country has been built in such a short span of time so far," he added.

Prefabricated steel structures constructed in a Gurgaon-based factory by M/S Jindal Mectec, who are making the station using high-strength steel, are now being transported to the site. A concrete foundation at the site has already been laid; the steel pillars and beams are being bolted to the base to construct the station at a record pace. According to Metro officials, the station is expected to see a ridership of about 11,723 passengers daily by 2011 and is an important stoppage on the Gurgaon corridor.

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