PUNE (Metro Rail News): TATA Projects Limited, one of India’s fastest-growing infrastructure companies, has announced that the company has recently commenced work on the Pune Metro Underground line. The work commenced with the gigantic Tunnel Boring Machine being flagged off to start execution of its task from Agriculture College grounds, Pune.
The event commenced with “Pooja” and a traditional ceremony to mark the momentous occasion. It was witnessed by top officials of MahaMetro and Tata Projects along with their respective project execution teams. This event also witnessed the first casting slab being signed by top-level officials before it being placed on site.
“We are proud to be executing the third underground metro package after Lucknow Metro & Mumbai Metro. This is also our seventh overall (underground & elevated) Metro package. Hence, we have garnered unmatched experience and expertise in the metro rail segment. Our execution teams are confident of overcoming all challenges and successfully delivering the project”, said Vinayak Deshpande, Managing Director – Tata Projects Ltd,
The gigantic Tunnel Boring Machine that has commenced work will dig at an approximate depth of between 65-feet to 100-feet below the surface. This gigantic tunnel boring machine has a huge length of about 279-feet, including back-up gantry. While the cutter head does the boring and machine moves ahead – it has multiple hands that simultaneously place C shaped concrete sections throughout the tunnel.
The Pune Metro Underground line runs from Shivajinagar to Swargate or about 8.2 kilometers and includes 5 stations. Package one of this underground line comprises two stations while package two includes three stations.
Speaking about the project, Rahul Shah, COO – Urban Infrastructure, Tata Project Ltd, said that the commencement of work on this prestigious project that runs through one of the most densely populated areas of Pune is a landmark moment. Our teams are highly skilled and possess the vast experience to undertake a challenging project of this magnitude. We are certain that this project will transform the intracity transportation scenario upon completion by bringing it on par with global standards.
Last month Australian designer and manufacturer of Tunnel Boring Machine, TERRATEC has delivered two first Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) to Gulermak-Tata Projects Limited JV.