Maha Metro would be honoured with the prestigious Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records certification for constructing the longest multi-layer viaduct across Asia. The project has been jointly executed by Maha Metro and National Highway Authority of India. Maha Metro and NHAI would also be felicitated with Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records certification for constructing maximum metro stations on viaduct. The Union Minister for Highways and Road Transport Shri Nitin Gadkari would be Chief Guest for the event to be held at Convention Centre, Airport South Metro Station on 10th July 2022 (Sunday).
The Multi-Layer Viaduct over Wardha Road – longest in Asia and three Metro Stations on the Viaduct – an exclusive feature in Asia, feature in the prestigious Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records. The three metro stations to feature in the two Records are – Chhatrapati Square, Jai Prakash Nagar and Ujwal Nagar. Maha Metro MD Dr Brijesh Dixit and other officials and also officers from NHAI would receive the citation from adjudicators of the two agencies.
It is worth mentioning that Maha Metro and NHAI have jointly executed the project. Following are details of the two projects which have featured in the two records:
1. Longest Via-duct with Highway Fly-over and Metro Rail Supported on Single Column Piers – The Multi-Layer Via-duct over Wardha Road measuring 3.14 km is the longest in Asia. Hence Maha Metro is being honored with the two records. Initially, the alignment of Highway Flyover and Metro Rail was on the same existing highway on Wardha Road, with independent piers at alternating locations proposed on the median. This was later reviewed and decided to integrate Highway Flyover and Metro Rail to form a Multi-Layer Viaduct. It carries Highway Flyover at the first level and Metro Rail at the second level making it a three-tier transportation system with the existing highway at ground level. This helped in avoiding additional land acquisition thus saving land cost and reducing construction time and project cost.
2. Maximum Metro Stations Constructed on a Double Decker Via-Duct – The Multi-Layer Viaduct on Wardha Road has three metro stations – Chhatrapati Nagar, Ujwal Nagar, and Jai Prakash Nagar. Such an arrangement is unique across Asia and hence the two records are being bestowed on Maha Metro. These stations require special planning which is station specific to meet the functional requirements of the metro duly incorporating site-specific constraints and double-decker viaduct requirements. The engineering thought-process, concept, design, and execution of these stations are no less than a challenge.
The fact that two projects of Maha Metro Nagpur have been selected for these prestigious Records is a matter of extreme pride for Nagpur. The project was well planned and superbly executed. It has made driving on the highly congested Wardha Road a lot easier. Thousands of people travel on this Double Decker every day.
Right since its inception, Maha Metro has bagged a number of awards in many fields. The awards include those from Urban Mobility of India (UMI), SAP Award, and Bentley Award to name a few. Similarly, Maha Metro Stations and Metro Bhavan have been honored with Indian Green Building Council’s Platinum rating. The fact that so many awards have been bestowed on Maha Metro is a testimony to the way the project work has been executed.