HYDERABAD: Works on Metro Rail Over Bridges (ROBs) began on Wednesday with the launching of Bharatnagar ROB works here by South Central Railway general manager PK Srivastava.
Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) corridors are crossing the railway tracks at eight locations in the twin cities and the launch of Metro ROB at Bharatnagar marks a significant stage in the progress of Hyderabad Metro Rail.
“To carry out the works of Bharatnagar Metro ROB, railway traffic will be blocked for three hours twice a week on this track. To implement such a major block without causing any disturbance to freight movement and rail passengers is a challenge. As Hyderabad Metro Rail is the lifeline of Hyderabad, clearance was given to all eight metro ROBs at one go, which is a record,’’ Srivastava said after the launch of ROB works at Bharatnagar.
The new metro ROB to be launched at Bharatnagar will run parallel to Sanathnagar flyover and is being constructed with launching girder method. Precast segments cast elsewhere will be brought and after placing at the bridge site, they will be joined. Its height will be 46 feet.
The Metro ROB is carefully planned in consultation with engineers of SCR and eminent railway bridge experts taking the future needs of SCR like running double decker-trains. SCR agreed to block traffic for three hours twice a week. Keeping in view the inconvenience they would face due to these blocks, we will try to bring down the blocking time as work progresses, explained HMR managing director NVS Reddy.
With metro ROB construction requiring the co-ordination of both HMR and SCR, officials from both organisations vowed to work in tandem.
Chief executive officer and managing director VB Gadgil, among other officials was present on the occasion.