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Kolkata projects selected to celebrate ICE bicentenary

Kolkata projects selected to celebrate ICE bicentenary

In 2018, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) UK will celebrate its bicentennial milestone by recognising 200 civil engineering projects from across the globe that have significantly impacted society, including two projects from Kolkata, India.

The two Trenchless Technology projects from Kolkata are a sewer rehabilitation project and the East West Metro Railway project.

The brick sewer rehabilitation, which was featured in the Summer edition of Trenchless International, used sliplining and glass reinforced plastic (GRP) liners.

The sewer infrastructure beneath Kolkata served its residents for more than a century, but drastically required repair.

Phase one of the £32 million (US$41 million) project began in 2007 and comprised the refurbishment of three major trunk sewers with a combined length of 12 km, and was completed by 2011.

The issues addressed by the project – including discharge retention, sewer capacity, structural integrity, corrosion protection, and socio-environmental benefits – have extensive impacts on society.

Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation’s (KMRC) East West Metro Railway project has been in planning since the appropriate corridor for the line between Howrah Railway Station and Bidhannagar was identified in 1971, after the Metropolitan Transport Project was initiated in 1969 to cope with the growing population’s transportation needs.

A sanction for the line’s construction was approved on 30 July 2008; the line connects two of the world’s busiest stations, Howrah Railway Station and Sealdah Railway Station.

A tunnel boring machine was used for the line’s construction, passing under the Hooghly River.

The activities for the ICE’s bicentenary are intended to celebrate the achievements of civil engineers, and show the general public how their lives have been changed and how infrastructure has progressed to take care of future generations.

For more information visit the ICE website.

If you have news that you would like featured in Trenchless International contact Editor Nick Lovering at nlovering@gs-press.com.au

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