The strength of the steel proved to be a major enabler in increasing the span between the pillars to 45 metres, nearly double the generally accepted standard of 25 metres.
The landmark project, virtually inaugurated today by Hon’ble Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Govt. of India, Nitin Gadkari, and Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, was dedicated to the country. The inauguration and public dedication of this great feat of modern engineering in India will be remembered as a fine example of the Company’s commitment and efforts towards building the nation.
V. Ravichandran, Chief of Marketing and Sales, Industrial Products, Projects & Exports, Tata Steel, said: “Tata Steel has always been at the forefront in contributing towards nation-building projects for the new Atmanirbhar Bharat. With our wide range of products and solutions for construction industry, we have been able to meet the discerning requirements of our customers in terms of time saving and labour expense reduction. We are proud to be a partner of choice for supplying bulk of the steel used in construction of the much-awaited Kanaka Durga flyover.”
Y S Rao, Deputy General Manager, (Procurement), Soma Construction & Development Co. Ltd., and construction contractor for the project, said: “Tata Steel's quality products like TMT bars, LRPC strands for prestressed technology and the consistency of service, month after month, has helped us to maintain our speed and meet the timelines for construction of this landmark project.”
This 'engineering wonder' raised using state-of-the-art technology is the third-of-its-kind in the country to be constructed with six-lane passage, three each way on the 78-feet wide elevated corridor that includes six curves and two major turnings. The new flyover, spanning the Krishna river and Prakasam barrage and running through Vijayawada city before connecting to National Highway 65, is the longest-of-its-kind in the State of Andhra Pradesh. The bridge’s name is inspired from the fact that it curves around Indrakeeladri Hill on which the famous Kanaka Durga temple is located.
The Kanaka Durga flyover, a proud landmark for India and the State of Andhra Pradesh, also joins the growing global family of public infrastructure, iconic projects and buildings enabled by the Tata Steel products. This includes Mumbai's Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, Motera Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad, Bogibeel bridge in Assam, Statue of Unity in Gujarat, several metro projects across the country, and many more.