Pune Metro Update: Maha Metro Seeks Latest Tunnel Boring Technology For 5 km Long Underground Route Of Pune Metro Rail Project

Pune Metro Update: Maha Metro Seeks Latest Tunnel Boring Technology For 5 km Long Underground Route Of Pune Metro Rail Project

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Date of Post: 13 Oct, 2017

Pune: The Maha Metro (Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited) is seeking the latest tunnel-boring technology for the 5km long underground route of the Pune Metro rail project to drill through the hard ground under a river bed, a top company official has said.

Making a presentation of the Rs 11,420 crore project (approx US$ 1,757 Million), which is expected to be completed by 2021, Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director, Maha Metro, expressed confidence of using latest technologies in metro rail projects in India.

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  • Dixit said, the tunnel will be drilled 30m under the Mula Mutha riverbed, through which a section of the project will pass.
  • He said, a part of the 5-km long underground stretch, will be bored through the Deccan plateau basalt strata, which is hard ground & good for drilling tunnels.
  • “We have learned from more than 200 metro systems operating in global cities as well as in India,” he said citing the technologies used in Nagpur metro, which has helped to significantly reduce construction cost and time significantly.

Over 50% Work Of The Nagpur Metro Completed

  • More than 50% of the 38km long Nagpur metro work, which started in 2015, has been completed & is set to meet its December 2019 deadline.
  • He said, a trial run is underway on a 5km long completed section from Khapri to Airport South.
  • Financing of the Rs 8,600 crore (approx US$ 1,323 Million) project has been closed, with over 50% funding from Germany’s KfW bank & France’s AFD (French Development Agency), he added.

Image Credit: Pune Metro

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