TBM Makes Breakthrough at Delhi Metro’s Nehru Enclave

Last night, Tunnel Boring Machine S937 made a breakthrough at Delhi Metro’s Nehru Enclave station! Unlike other breakthroughs, a drilling machine was deployed to assist with tearing down the diaphragm “D-wall” of the shaft. The S937 Earth Pressure Balance TBM was commissioned by the Pratibha-FEMC JV (CC-23) from the Greater Kailash station on July 18 2015 and actually reached the Nehru Enclave’s TBM retrieval shaft a week ago on February 16. On its way, it built 782 rings (1095m) for the 38.235 km Magenta line’s up-line tunnel of the Phase 3 project.

Satellite view of Nehru Enclave’s receiving shaft:

Alignment of Greater Kailash - Nehru Enclave section - view full Delhi Metro map

Alignment of Greater Kailash – Nehru Enclave section – view Delhi Metro map


Photo Copyight: Rahul Ranjan

A government school with precarious foundations is located to the west of the shaft, so a drilling machine was deployed to slowly drill and cut through the D-wall along the eye of the tunnel.


Photo Copyight: Rahul Ranjan


Tuesday morning view – Photo Copyight: Rahul Ranjan

Photo Copyright: SN Ahmed

Photo Copyright: SN Ahmed

Drilling debris to scoop up and out - Photo Copyright: SN Ahmed

Drilling debris to scoop up and out – Photo Copyright: SN Ahmed

More images will be added here once they become available, so do come back!

As of last night, the S723 TBM which is working on the parallel down-line tunnel has completed 347/780 rings and is expected to make a breakthrough by the end of April. Fun Fact: S723 was used by the Pratibha-CRFG JV for excavating and building CC-01’s tunnels between Central Secretariat – Janpath – Mandi House! That 3.3 km section opened for commercial operations on 26 June 2014.

With this breakthrough out the way, now 8 more breakthroughs are left to be made on the Magenta line. The next one will soon take place at the Panchsheel Park station by a TBM deployed from Chirag Delhi for the down-line tunnel.

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


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