The Pragati-Maidan viaduct, is an extradosed railway bridge with a main span of 93 m. The deck cross-section has a U shape, which permits a perfect integration of the metro system in the superstructure. The extradosed cables are covered by a concrete beam that allows to consider them as internal prestressing. This beam also increases the stiffness of the main span. This bridge is the first of its kind to be erected using the cantilever construction method, and it is the first extradosed bridge ever built in India.

Rajan Kataria, Chief Engineer (Design) Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.


For the extension of the U shaped viaduct of the 3rd Line of Delhi Metro (India), DMRC was confronted to the crossing of 5 railway tracks with very high constraints: sharp plan curvature, railway vertical clearance, impossible location of intermediate piers, no possible interruption of the railway traffic, and minimum span length of 93 m… In addition to the technical difficulties, time was not an ally: the line opening date was scheduled in less than one year.

extradosed bridge
Figure 1: General elevation of extradosed bridge

NBM&CW June 2012