Borkhedi RoB opens for traffic

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Sep 2017 08:44:31


Staff Reporter,

National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Indian Railways completed the much-delayed Borkhedi railway overbridge (RoB) and opened it for road traffic on the eve of Dussehra. While two lanes of the RoB were completed, balance two lanes on left side were pending since last eight to nine years owing to problem with non availability of power bloc. Finally Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) ordered change in approach and approved composite girders in place of PSC girders.

While the PSC girders weighed 200 tonnes each and launching it required long bloc, the suspension of train services in the section, whereas composite girders weighed just 100 tonnes and having span of 50 metres. The difference in weight alone enabled shorter duration period for launching and hence proved advantageous for the contractor, M/s Borkhedi Wadner Pathways Private Limited, an Indore based firm. The work on second leg of the RoB, on the Nagpur-Hyderabad section of National Highway took unusually longer time to complete.

However after work started on newly approved, the balance portion of two lanes were completed in time of nine months and traffic started flowing from Friday morning onwards. The RoB lies on Nagpur-Hyderabad section, particularly helping faster movement of traffic on Jam-Nagpur segment.
Working closely, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Nagpur Division of Central Railway chalked out a plan and streamlined the work process to achieve completion of the bridge construction. The agony of road users on the four lanes national highway could be imagined as on this particular section the traffic slowed down.

Experts said that there are many advantages with composite girders and in case of replacement it can be replaced part by part instead going in for total removal. Due to change in launch process, pre-stressed concrete girders constructed were needed to be demolished.

From NHAI, Regional Officer Chandrashekhar, Project Director Yewatkar, Engineer Pimple oversaw the work. On part of railway the focus of Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Brijesh Kumar Gupta in completing pending works ensured faster processing of approval. Sr. Divisional Engineer (Sr. DEN) Pawan Patil and Divisional Engineer (Central) Pankaj Dhawre along with field officer Sr. Section Engineer J K Sinha and their team worked hard to complete the work in faster time period.