Tata Projects commences tunneling work on Pune Metro

The event also witnessed the first casting slab being signed by top-level officials

Vinayak Deshpande, Tataprojects, Pune Metropolitan Region, Swargate, Shivajinagar, Tunnel boring machine, Lucknowmetro, Mahametro, Mumbaimetro, Pune

TATA Projects has announced that the company has 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 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.

Vinayak Deshpande, MD, Tata Projects, said, ”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.”

The gigantic TBM that has commenced work will dig at an approximate depth of between 65-feet to 100-feet below 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 places C shaped concrete sections throughout the tunnel.

The Pune Metro Underground line runs from Shivajinagar to Swargate or about 8.2 kilometres and includes 5 stations. Package one of this underground line comprises two stations while package two includes three stations.

Rahul Shah, COO, urban infrastructure, Tata Projects, said, “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 vast experience to undertake a challenging project of this magnitude. We are certain that this project will transform the intra city transportation scenario upon completion by bringing it on par with global standards.”

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