Cracks Found In Pune Metro & PIL Filed About Its Build & Structural Safety!

by Shreya Rathod
Cracks Found In Pune Metro & PIL Filed About Its Build & Structural Safety!

To increase intercity connectivity, the state government is constructing metro trains. This rapid transport system will help people commute hassle-free and easily. After the success of the Nagpur Metro, Pune is ready with its Maha Metro which will connect various stops. However, there were doubts about its quality. Here are details about the COEP report on the Pune metro.

COEP Clears Structural Audit For Pune Metro

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Credits: Pune Metro Rail/ Twitter

The Maha Metro has made all necessary corrections for the Pune metro stations’ structural safety. The Pune-based COEP Technological University was hired to conduct a structural audit of the metro stations. The team then made over 15 inspection visits to the metro stations.

The Maha Metro’s correction work has been deemed up to standard, and the structural integrity of the metro stations has been certified by them. The necessary measures were taken at the HOD (Civil Engineering Dept.) level to engage the consultant and pay the fees directly to the COEP.

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This report has, however, been questioned, and the pertinent authorities are currently looking into the situation.

Questions About The Report

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Credits: Pune Metro Rail/ Twitter

A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed by structural engineer Narayan Kochak and consulting civil engineer Shirish Khasbardar. According to them, a court-monitored investigation regarding the structural safety and construction quality of the superstructures of the Pune Metro stations is necessary. In addition to this, there is a need to look at the systematic failure of the quality assurance and quality control system of the project.

While giving the detail of the structure, they stated that the errors made at the Metro stations involved the design of the column beams, unfinished projects, missing bolts, out-of-place alignments, and mistakes in the actual work itself.

In addition to this, material testing wasn’t done correctly, and all of the connections’ welding quality needs to be examined again. The constructions have holes in them, and the framing is improper. The hearing of this PIL is estimated to be before 17th April.

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The Pune Metro system comprises two lines — Aqua and Purple. The Aqua line runs from Vanaz to Ramwadi and covers a distance of 14.66 km. The Purple line runs from PCMC Bhavan to Swargate on an elevated viaduct.

Cover Image Courtesy: Pune Metro Rail/ Twitter