Visakhapatnam: India’s second stainless steel pedestrian bridge was inaugurated at Srikakulam Railway Station on Monday by Speaker of the National Assembly Tammineni Seetharam and others.
A grade of stainless steel approved by the RDSO for coastal rail infrastructure was used. Jindal Steel Company has built the most profitable FOB. The bridge was opened to the public in the presence of local MP K Ramamohan Naidu and Divisional Director of Railways Anup Satpathy.
Jindal Stainless has developed the most cost effective and highest quality stainless steel for structural applications – Jindal Durasafe, especially for coastal areas. The grade, IRS 350 CR, contains 10-12% chromium, a key ingredient in the fight against corrosion, and has been designed for zero maintenance, approximately 100 year life, life cycle cost and a reduced carbon footprint.
It comes in the form of plates, beams and channels. The company collaborated with RDSO (Research Designs & Standards Organization) and IIT Roorkee for testing, approval and approval of the note, which ultimately led to its formalization for coastal rail infrastructure applications.
In its commitment to provide a more comfortable journey for passengers, East Coast Railway’s Waltair Division has provided the 2nd FOB at Srikakulam Road Station. The first such FOB was commissioned at Naupada Station in Srikakulam district some time ago.
The DRM said it was the second such FOB after Naupada in Indian Railways where a stainless steel beam was used for a FOB. The service life of the stainless steel FOB is 125 years according to RDSO. Being in the coastal area, this stainless steel structure will be corrosion free and its life will be much longer than any normal mild steel FOB. We look forward to bolstering India’s railway infrastructure with sustainable choices in the future as well, he added.
In his address, Seetharam appreciated the efforts of the Ministry of Railways and the Waltair Division authorities in particular, to provide such facilities at the station. He said that the second FOB, a long-standing request, will certainly be more useful to the public in this region.
Ramamohan Naidu commended the railway authorities for their commitment to improving public amenities at Srikakulam Bus Station. He said it was a proud moment for everyone that India’s first and second stainless steel FOBs were commissioned in Srikakulam district and hoped that the demands raised by the local public for Equipment upgrades would also be met in the near future. He congratulated the whole railway team.