AFCONS achieved the distinction of building India's longest rail bridge, stretching across 4.62 kms, connecting the island of Vallarpadam with Idappalli in North Kochi. The project was undertaken for Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) and was completed in 27 months, a national record. Though the design was RVNL's own, the company made use of its expertise to modify it, making it an in-house project.
The bridge was constructed in the shortest time possible, using sophisticated equipment and innovative technology such as concrete placing by pumping concrete along a length of 2.1 km, another national record. The bridge girders were erected with the help of a state-of-the-art girder launcher, with a record speed of about 500 m in one month. The introduction of this technologically advanced launching-truss from NRS Malaysia is another great innovation in the field of project delivery excellence. This bridge has 134 spans of pre-cast girders resting on piers above pile foundations.
The company maintained strict safety, health and environment systems and procedures throughout the contract period. The safety standards maintained at this site were comparable with international standards and the project was completed with a zero fatality record.
For this project, AFCONS bagged the award for 'Best Pre-stressing Structure for the Year 2010' from the Indian Concrete Institute, 'Best Project in the Railways' Category' at the D&B Axis Bank Infra Awards 2011 and 'CNBC TV 18 ESSAR Steel Infrastructure Excellence Award 2011' by CNBC Network 18.
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