TBM T-59 Commissioned for Mumbai Metro’s Line-3 towards Kalbadevi

Following a small puja, engineers and workers from the Hindustan Construction Company – OSJC Moscow Metrostroy (HCC – MMS) JV today morning commissioned T-59 “Vaitarna-2” – their second of 2 Terratec tunnel boring machines at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) Station’s northern-end in Azad Maidan, Mumbai. Overall, this is the 6th of 17 TBMs to be commissioned for the city’s new 33.5 km Line-3 tunnels – see a list of the other 5 machines and their progress in the February 2018 tunneling update post.

This Ø6.68m 817 tonne dual-mode TBM successfully passed factory acceptance testing (FAT) in October 2017, arrived at the city’s port in December and was lowered into the Azad Maidan shaft for assembly in early January 2018.

The TBM’s assignment includes excavating 3556m of tunnels for the down-line from CST → Kalbadevi → Girgaon → Grant Road → Mumbai Central as part of the 4.049 km package UGC-02 (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal Station – Mumbai Central’s TBM receiving shaft), which was awarded by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. in July 2016.

UGC-02: CST – Mumbai Central section of Line-3 – view Mumbai Metro map & info

3 half temporary rings have already been erected within the shaft –

MMRCL’s MD Ashwini Bhide (center) spotted in front of the TBM’s backup gantry

More images will be added here when available.

Meanwhile, TBM T-58 “Vaitarna-1” working on the parallel up-line tunnel has completed tunneling 102 meters as part of its initial drive, and this past week became the 1st TBM of all 6 commissioned machines to commence its main-drive.

For more updates, check out the Mumbai section of The Metro Rail Guy!


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7 Responses to "TBM T-59 Commissioned for Mumbai Metro’s Line-3 towards Kalbadevi"

  1. Pulkit Mohta says:

    What do you mean by commissioned for its main drive?

    • TMRG says:

      Main drive takes place when the TBM has its backup/gantry gear attached. With that, mining / excavation speed goes up. It wasn’t integrated with the TBM initially due its large horizontal size. You can see it stored above the shaft in the last image, right behind the MD.

  2. Pulkit Mohta says:

    Will excavation for Kalbadevi station be complete before the TBM reaches the station site?

    • TMRG says:

      Don’t know.

      I haven’t see any images of excavation having commenced there. Rehab process is underway for local residents. If excavation isn’t completed, then the TBM will continue mining through the station’s site (to cut down-time) and the tunnels (about 250m x 2) will have to demolished during excavation. Similar construction methods have been deployed in Chennai, Jaipur and Kolkata.

  3. Pulkit Mohta says:

    How many meters of tunneling can such TBMs complete on an average each day?

    • TMRG says:

      10-15m is considered a good day. Anything over that is great. Afcons holds the Indian record for building 39 rings (54.6m) in Chennai

  4. Vikas Yadav says:

    Sir i want to see how TBM works can u please allow us to see


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