TBM Shivaji Breakthrough at RBS College for Agra Metro Phase 1

TBM S-718C, nicknamed Shivaji, marks its third breakthrough, contributing to the 10th overall for Agra Metro Phase 1’s Package AGCC-02, connecting Sikandra to Taj East Gate.

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Agra metro coach passing by the Taj Mahal
Agra metro coach passing by the Taj Mahal

AGRA (Metro Rail News): Afcons Infrastructure—Sam India Consortium celebrated as tunnel boring machine (TBM) S-718C, known as Shivaji, achieved a breakthrough at RBS College Station for the Agra Metro Phase 1 project. This breakthrough is crucial for the 14.25 km Line-1 connecting Sikandra to Taj East Gate.

TBM Shivaji’s recent breakthrough is its third, contributing to the overall 10th breakthrough for Agra Metro Phase 1’s 7.93 km Package AGCC-02. This package connects the RBS Ramp to the Taj Mahal Ramp. The machine is a 06.63m diameter Herrenknecht earth pressure balance (EPB) TBM, renowned for its efficiency in tunnel construction.

Prior to this, TBM Shivaji successfully completed 228m twin tunnels between the Taj Mahal Station and the Taj Mahal Ramp on Fatehabad Road, achieving breakthroughs in October and December 2023.

Current Achievement

In its third drive, which concluded earlier this month, Shivaji excavated and constructed a tunnel spanning approximately 734 meters for the down-line from RBS Ramp to RBS College Station.

TBM Shivaji
Image credit: Sajan Verma

Contract and Project Details

The Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) awarded the civil construction contract for the underground Package AGCC-02 to the Afcons—Sam India Consortium in March 2022. Valued at Rs. 1819.79 crore, the contract has a 48-month deadline.

Project Scope

The contracted section spans chainage 3630.000 to 11564.485 and includes the construction of twin tunnels connecting seven stations: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, SN Medical College, Agra College, Raja Ki Mandi, and RBS College.

TBM Shivaji
TBM S-718C (Shivaji)

TBM Shivaji will now be moved through RBS College’s station box and recommissioned towards Raja Ki Mandi Station. This next phase involves covering a distance of roughly 640 meters.


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