RVNL Completes Construction Of Key Metro Pier, Set To Reopen Chingrighata Site

RVNL has wrapped up the construction of the second metro pier at Chingrighata crossing in Kolkata. The site is slated to be reopened for regular traffic this week.

What Happened: RVNL, the entity in charge of the New Garia-Airport Metro corridor, has successfully completed the construction of the second metro pier at the Chingrighata crossing, Times of India reported. The site, crucial for the metro line’s 4.5-km extension beyond Ruby, is expected to be handed back for regular traffic this week.

RVNL needs the site to bridge a 125-m gap at the Metropolitan crossing. This requirement had previously led to the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) denying approval for commercial operations due to an incomplete viaduct beyond the Metropolitan station. The New Garia-Airport corridor currently runs 5.4 km from New Garia to Ruby Crossing.

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The Kolkata Police’s traffic department has connected the Metropolitan site to the one at Chingrighata. Once the Chingrighata site is handed over, RVNL will receive the much-needed traffic block at Metropolitan to complete two half-done piers — 288 and 289.

Pier 319, which began construction on February 28, will support the metro viaduct as it turns right into Salt Lake from the Jal Vayu Vihar housing complex. The three-month traffic regulations will be withdrawn once the barricade at Chingrighata is removed.

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