MAHARASTRA, INDIA (Metro Rail News): Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (Maha Metro) has decided to complete the project using 3 Tunnel Boring Machines, rather than the previous plan to use 4 TBMs, after observing with 2 TBM performing better than assumed in underground Metro construction work.
Maha-Metro is implementing the Pune Metro project and has also undertaken work for the underground Metro route from Agriculture College to Swargate. It was expected to use 2 TBMs to construct 2 parallel routes from Agriculture College towards Kasba Peth and 2 more for parallel routes from Swargate to Kasba Peth.
“Two Tunnel Boring Machines that were operational from Agriculture College were to cover 8 metres per day, but they can cover 12 metres per day. Thus, the work schedule is further ahead than planned, and it has reached Shivajinagar now,” stated Brijesh Dixit, chairman of Maha-Metro. The 2 TBMs are supposed to keep the same pace of work, Dixit stated.
“The distance to be covered by two TBMs starting from Agriculture College would be more, so there will be less distance to be covered by the TBM starting from Swargate. Thus, there would be only one TBM from Swargate which will construct both routes starting from Swargate,” he added.
Meanwhile, Maha-Metro is facing difficulties in acquiring the required land for the construction work of the underground Metro station at Mahatma Phule Mandai.