Mumbai Metro’s TBM 1239 Retrieved as 1 Unit from Worli Station

After retrieving Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) 1238 from Worli Station in March and lowering it into Science Museum in July, workers from the Doğuş-Soma JV and Freight Wings today retrieved TBM 1239’s entire shield, still assembled as a single unit, from Mumbai Metro’s 33.5 km Aqua Line (Line-3)’s Worli Station.

This Ø6.65m Robbins slurry machine, nicknamed Tansa-2, had arrived at Worli Station in March 2020 from Science Centre Station after a 2057 m journey for the down-line tunnel to record the second out of 6 planned for package UGC-03 (Worli – Mumbai Central).

To perform this delicate operation, Freight Wings deployed a 1200 ton capacity gantry crane with strand jacks, and lifted the TBM’s 470 tonne shield out from a depth of 24 meters in roughly 7 hours. 

As specified in older posts – the decision to retrieve the machine still assembled as one unit was done in the interest of time. In the coming weeks, it’ll be transported through the city’s streets on top of a trailer and lowered back into the Science Museum Station, from where it’ll be commissioned towards Mahalaxmi Station for its final 1136m drive to build the down-line tunnel.

Route of Aqua Line’s Package UGC-03 (Mumbai Central – Worli) – view Mumbai Metro information & map
Photo Copyright: Kunal Yadav
Photo Copyright: Kunal Yadav
Photo Copyright: Kunal Yadav
Photo Copyright: Kunal Yadav
Photo Copyright: Kunal Yadav

Last week, workers used a turn-table cradle mechanism with hydraulic jacks to move the TBM towards the up-line within Worli Station.


Here’s a status table displaying UGC-03’s tunneling plan (best viewed on a desktop device) and the status of each tunnel.

1UpScience MuseumWorli2072mCompleted Jan 2020
1UpScience MuseumMahalaxmi1118mPending
2DownScience MuseumWorli2057mCompleted March 2020
2DownScience MuseumMahalaxmi1136mPending
3UpMumbai CentralMahalaxmi837mPending (subcontracted to SUCG)
3DownMumbai CentralMahalaxmi830mPending (subcontracted to SUCG)

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


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