TBM Makes Final Breakthrough at Delhi Metro’s Delhi Gate Station

This is the 3rd breakthrough for the month! The first took place at the Mayapuri Shaft on March 2 and the second at the Panchsheel Park station on March 7.

On March 11, a TBM operated by the L&T-SUCG team for contract CC-05 of Delhi Metro’s Phase 3 made a final breakthrough for the 9.37 km Violet line project at the Delhi Gate station! This TBM was originally commissioned from the Jama Masjid station in April 2015 and excavated approximately 1100 meters for the down-line tunnel to make this breakthrough.

Note: All tunneling work for this line has finally been wrapped up! 🙂 Horizontal excavation on the Golcha mid-shaft’s diaphragm wall is underway after which the up-line TBM, which was commissioned from Jama Masjid but got stuck, will be pulled out and retrieved.

Satellite view of the Delhi Gate’s TBM shaft:

Note: This view will be hidden in Google’s next round of updates.

Under the Delhi Metro Phase-III project, the Violet Line is currently being extended by a distance of 9.37 km from Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate. Out of this, the 3.03 km Central Secretariat – Mandi House stretch became operational on June 26 2014 and the .972 km Mandi House – ITO stretch on June 8 2015 – See: Delhi Metro’s History. With this breakthrough, tunneling work north of the ITO station is now complete.


Map of Delhi Metro’s 9.37 km Violet line extension – view Delhi Metro Phase 3 map


TBM at Delhi Gate shot on March 13 – Photo Copyright: Shamshad Ali

To recap, recent breakthroughs on this line include:

February 4: TBM Makes Breakthrough at Delhi Metro’s Lal Qila Station

February 9: TBM Makes Breakthrough at Delhi Metro’s Golcha Mid-Shaft

Here are 2 recent images from within the Delhi Gate and Jama Masjid stations:

Delhi Gate - Photo Copyright: Delhi Metro

Delhi Gate metro station – Photo Copyright: Delhi Metro

Jama Masjid - Photo Copyright: DMRC

Jama Masjid metro station – Photo Copyright: DMRC

As for the Lal Qila station, the interiors will be designed to replicate the architecture of the Red Fort and give a glimpse of the lifestyle of its inhabitants:

…will have sections that will replicate the intricate architecture of the Red Fort, including the delicate jali work as well as the jharokas. Artists and craftsmen will be employed to create authentic details of various elements like stone inlay work, carbon work and miniature paintings. Metals such as bronze and copper will be used, as will be wrought iron, in the design of the station. Brass and copper work will be hand-crafted or beaten into shape and traditional joinery used to connect different pieces.

A large plan of the imperial city of Shahjahanabad will be incorporated in the artwork to give the viewer a good idea of the context of the complex. A vertically mounted model of the whole complex with reference to scales will also be incorporated for an understanding of the massive expanse of the fort
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The Chief Project Manager of the 9.37 km Violet line project, Atul Gadgil, is chasing an August 15 2016 opening for the 5.37 km ITO-Kashmere Gate section, but the DMRC has officially revised the opening to September from March 2016 on their website and publicly:

Progress of civil works upto January 2016 on the 9-km long line is 92.35 per cent and is targeted for completion in September 2016 – DMRC Spokesperson

Who’s excited? I know I am!

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


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6 Responses to "TBM Makes Final Breakthrough at Delhi Metro’s Delhi Gate Station"

  1. SPP says:

    I am also excited 😀 heritage line will be operational before pink and magenta line…..KG station would be major junction with three metro line and ISBT

  2. Sumit Malik says:

    This is so cool 🙂

  3. Pulakit Bharti says:

    Really excited to see the plan of Shahjahanabad and the Mughal style artwork. Has work started on the interiors of Red Fort station? If yes, please try and get some pictures. Thank you.. 😀

  4. hemant saikia says:

    i am waiting for delhi gate station to open to make maulana azad medical college accessible by metro. really excited by this news

  5. rahul says:

    The violet will provide a alternate parallel line for delhities from jampacked kashmeree gate to central secretariat on yellow line and this step will help in reduction of crowd on yeloow line from kashmeree gate to central secretariat via chandini chowk and new delhi . Great planning keep it up . Hoping for soon inauguration from ito to kashmeree gate route


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