The old Pakuria Bridge in Jharkhand, India, ran over a dry river bed and railway line situated 20 km from Culcutta. Now obsolete, the bridge has been brought to the ground in 60 days using Volvo construction equipment.
West Bengal in eastern India is the nation’s fourth most populous region, boasting more people than the whole of Germany. The state is bordered by Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and five other states of India with more than 91 million inhabitants spread over 34,267 m2. So many inhabitants has inevitably resulted in heavy traffic surrounding the state capital, Culcutta – so much so that the Indian government is trying to demolish old structures and invest in modern infrastructure to ease congestion.
The Dhankuni-Kharagpur highway is about 23km from Culcutta, and runs for 80 miles –terminating at the fast-growing industrial town, Dhankuni. Since demolition work began on the one-kilometre stretch of bridge, 30 out of the 32 sections − each spanning 26 meters – have been demolished and disposed of. It took just two months to take down and clear away the remnants. Mumbai-based Matte & Associates – a construction and demolition company – and Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is responsible for the bridge’s quick demise. Matte & Associates is among the leading demolition firms in India, with a string of high profile accomplishments under its belt.
The company was established in 1987 and over the past 10 years has expanded into residential, waterproofing, structural repairs, rehabilitation and drilling works. Today, the company has a fleet of specialized demolition tools and specializes in the demolition and recycling of concrete.
Only the best will do
The company’s demolition squad includes four heavy-duty Volvo CE excavators; an EC210 B-Series, EC210 B-Prime, EC290 B-Series and EC290B-Prime. They have been hard at work for nearly five years, demolishing bridges, multi-storied buildings, roads and other structures across the country.
Volvo CE’s EC210 and EC290 C-Series excavators are set to thrive in India’s popular 21 and 30 tonne excavator market. The C-series offers more powerful Tier III compliant Volvo engines, delivering exemplary fuel efficiency. These machines produce high power (110kW/150hp in the EC210C, 153 kW/208 hp in the EC290C), and the engines work in harmony with intelligent, advanced hydraulics and a more rugged undercarriage and superstructure. Also, the operator’s environment, already class-leading with the B-series, has been substantially upgraded with a new cab, giving operators more comfort, more space, better climate, better visibility and improved controls that are easier to use.