Afcons wins Rs938 crore Kolkata Metro project
Afcons Infrastructure, the infrastructure arm of Shapoorji Pallonji Group, has bagged Rs938-crore projects from the Kolkata Metro Corporation through competitive bidding. To be completed in four years time, the project includes design and construction of underground Metro from Howrah Maidan station to Central Station which is a part of East West Metro Project in Kolkata.
Ramakrishna V Ramanan, Director, Transportation, Afcons Infrastructure, said: “We are very happy to get ourselves associated with the Kolkata Metro Corporation through this order and our skill-set and engineering expertise will be on display once again in executing critical infrastructure projects such as Metro Rail in the development of the nation.”
The company said this is the first time in India a Transportation Tunnel Project is running approximately 20 meters below a river. This project will be a boon to commuters travelling from Howrah to Kolkata City who currently have to use ferry or Howrah Bridge to cross over. Ramanan said that latest technologies will be used in construction of the under river link and it will go a long way in boosting the transportation infrastructure of Kolkata city.
Afcons Infrastructure Limited along with its Russia-based Joint Venture partner Transtonnelstroy Limited has bagged this prestigious contract which involves construction of a 3.89-km stretch, including 520 metres of the underwater section and three underground stations at Howrah Maidan, Howrah station and Mahakaran.