Pune Metro project update: Almost 50% excavation completed; only essential work continues during lockdown

COVID-19 lockdown impact on Pune Metro: The work on the Pune Metro rail project has come to a temporary halt due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The Pune Metro Rail Corporation is following all the guidelines issued by the government in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Due to this, the construction workers, labourers and contractors of the Pune Metro rail project have stopped the major construction tasks. A Pune Metro spokesperson told Financial Express Online that as of now, only the essential work such as excavation on routes and deployment of machinery is going on. Only after the lockdown is lifted, all major construction work will resume with the coordination of the contractors, he added.

According to Pune Metro Rail Corporation, the status of the metro project in the present situation of lockdown is as follows:

  • A total of 49.64 percent excavation work has been completed for the underground as well as elevated metro stations of the Pune Metro project.
  • The tunnelling work in the northern end of the underground metro stations is currently in progress through a special New Austrian Tunnelling Method or NATM technique.
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