Delhi Metro TBM Makes a 2nd Breakthrough at Lajpat Nagar Station on Pink Line

In the early morning hours of today (Nov 4), while the city was asleep, a 2nd TBM deployed by the Pratibha – FEMC JV for contract CC-18 of the Delhi Metro made a breakthrough on the 58.6 km Pink’s line’s up-line tunnel at the Lajpat Nagar station!

The TBM traveled a distance of 1565m from the South Extension station which makes the tunnels on this section the 2nd longest after the 1691m long twin tunnels between Nizamuddin to Ashram which were completed one after the other on August 2 2014 & Sept 30 2014. As a reminder, the first breakthrough at Lajpat Nagar took place on June 11 on the down-line tunnel.

Satellite imagery of the Lajpat Nagar station where the breakthrough took place:

As you can see, the Lajpat Nagar station will become an interchange station between the existing Violet line and the upcoming Pink line.

Alignment of South Ex - Lajpat Nagar section

Alignment of rhe South Ex – Lajpat Nagar section of the Pink line – view Delhi Metro map

Some images shot by jubilant engineers:

- Photo Copyright - Vijay Saini

Hats off! (literally) – Photo Copyright – Vijay Saini

Photo Copyright - Vijay Saini

Photo Copyright – Vijay Saini

Update – the following 2 images were shot in the morning and added here at 12:20 pm:

Photo Copyright: Rajesh Rathod

Photo Copyright: Rajesh Rathod

Photo Copyright: Rajesh Rathod

Photo Copyright: Rajesh Rathod

Update: Added the following image here at 8pm.

Photo Copyright: Sushil Gupta

Photo Copyright: Sushil Gupta

With this breakthrough out of the way, the twin tunnels between Sarojini Nagar – INA – South Ex – Lajpat Nagar and Vinobhapuri on the Pink line are now connected! On the CC-18 section (RK Puram to Lajpat Nagar), the next TBM breakthrough is expected in December on the westbound tunnel between Bhikaji Cama Place and Sarojini Nagar which would leave only the RK Puram shaft to Bhikaji Cama Place section left to be completed.

For more updates on the Delhi Metro’s Phase 3, check out the Delhi section of The Metro Rail Guy!

– TMRG

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2 Responses to "Delhi Metro TBM Makes a 2nd Breakthrough at Lajpat Nagar Station on Pink Line"

  1. Prithviraj Nag says:

    Thanks for the updates…
    Is it possible for you to create an illustrative map showing the progresses on the different sections on the Pink and Magenta lines? And then maybe update the map once a month (or as progress happens)?
    Writing the progress statuses in words makes it confusing sometimes…a graphic would be very helpful!
    Thanks!

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