In preparation for the proposed Bhubaneswar Metro Rail Project, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has started a geotechnical assessment on the stretch between Nandankanan in Bhubaneswar and Trishulia in Cuttack.
The soil test is currently being conducted at four locations along the line to determine the earth’s bearing capacity of the area where metro rail pillars would be built.
According to reports, the DMRC would carry out these tests every kilometre along the 26-kilometre route between Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) and Trishulia Square, after which it will provide the government with a Detailed Project Report (DPR).
Arjun Singh, a worker with the DMRC said, “We are testing the soil here. We take soil samples every 1.5 metres and send them to the laboratory for testing. The test report will indicate the type of construction the pillars would need in order to bear the load of the rail line above.”
On the occasion of Utkal Dibasa (April 1) 2023, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved the proposal for the metro train service. It will include the airport, railway station, Vani Vihar, Jaydev Vihar, Patia, Nandankanan, and Trishulia in the initial phase.
According to reports, the planned metro train service will be extended to Puri, linking it to Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.