This is the first time when monopile technology is being used in India.
The construction work of Mumbai's Coastal Road project is going on in full swing, although the city still lies shrouded under the gloom of the raging pandemic. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also deployed monopile technology for the project, that connects south Mumbai to the western suburbs. Breaking the usual trend of using group pile technology while making any bridge on a sea or river, this is the first time when monopile technology is being used in India.
Introduction of new technology in the country
The BMC has instituted the pioneering project of constructing three such pillars, using monopile technology and as per reports, these test piles are estimated to be complete by July. Consequently, they will be subjected to pressure of a few tonnes horizontally and then vertically, to see how much load they can take.
According to officials, the number of pillars to be used has come down to 176 from the previous figure of 704 and this will also aid in saving space, time, all over project cost and the environment. To further foster the project, experts from different countries who have experience in this technology, have been invited and the machinery too, has been imported from Europe. It is also being assumed that the actual pillar construction work for the bridge will begin from September 2021.