India’s first stainless steel pedestrian bridge has opened in Naupada


Posted: Date Posted – 16:34, Sat – Mar 26, 22

Visakhapatnam: East Coast Railway’s Waltair division opened India’s first ever stainless steel Pedestrian Bridge (FOB) for public use today at Naupada Railway Station in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday.

The job was awarded to Jindal Steel Company who manufactured the most cost effective and premium quality stainless steel for structural applications – Jindal Durasafe. This state-of-the-art FOB was opened to the public by Divisional Director of Railways, Waltair Division Anup Satpathy, along with divisional officers and senior management of Jindal Stainless, including Director, Tarun Khulbe and Chief of sales, Rajeev Garg.

This is the first time in Indian Railways that a stainless steel beam is used for a FOB. The life of this stainless steel FOB is 125 years according to Research Designs and Standards Organization (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.

Welcoming the achievement, Anup Satpathy said India’s coastal railway infrastructure had, for a long time, been marred by corrosion. He praised Jindal Stainless for developing an optimal stainless steel grade to meet the challenge. “The RDSO approval of the grade reinforces our confidence in this choice. We look forward to bolstering India’s railway infrastructure with sustainable choices in the future as well,” he said.

At this milestone, Jindal Stainless Managing Director Abhyuday Jindal observed that the pedestrian bridge ushered in an era of sustainable stainless steel infrastructure and Jindal Stainless is proud to partner with the railways on this momentous challenge. “We are committed to providing tailor-made, corrosion-free and environmentally friendly solutions for Indian climatic conditions, and to enhancing the Atmanirbhar spirit of the Indian stainless steel industry. I commend the Government and Indian Railways for their visionary decision-making,” he said.

In 2019, Indian Railways solicited proposals for renewal of FOBs in coastal areas, which were marred by a corrosion-prone environment, rising pollution levels and negligible maintenance, across all railway divisions.

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 and life cycle cost and a reduced carbon footprint. It comes in the form of plates, beams and channels.

The company collaborated with RDSO and IIT Roorkee for testing, approval and quality approval, which ultimately led to its formalization for coastal rail infrastructure applications.

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