Hyderabad: The construction of Metro Rail pillars which started in April 2012 got completed with the erection of the last pillar (2599th pier) near MGBS Metro station a couple of days ago, declared Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd (HMRL) Managing Director NVS Reddy on Sunday.
Bhoomi Puja for the first pillar (Pier No.19 near Genpact in Uppal) was done on 19th of April 2012 and due to the turmoil prevalent at that time, no political dignitary was present and only some senior officers like the then Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi and HMRL MD NVS Reddy and L&TMRHL officials participated in it.
The MD has stated that except the 6 km stretch in the Old City, all the pillars for the 66 km phase-I Metro project have been completed and that a new world record has been created by construction of so many Metro pillars by a single company L&T in this manner.
The pace of construction is also very significant and on an average one Metro pillar was constructed per day.
Depending upon the technical requirement and locational constraints, different shapes have been adopted for the Metro pillars.
Of the 2599 pillars, while 1569 are normal pillars, 224 are cantilever pillars, 602 are station pillars, 51 are hammer head pillars and 153 are portal pillars, he stated. (INN)