Afcons Infrastructure – SAM India JV on Wednesday commissioned their third tunnel boring machine (TBM) Shivaji (S-718C) at Taj Mahal Station of the 29.40 km Agra Metro Phase 1 project.
This refurbished Ø6.63m diameter Herrenknecht Earth Pressure Balance (EPB) machine has been deployed to build twin tunnels on 14.25 km Line-1’s 7.93 km RBS College Ramp – Taj Mahal Ramp section (Package AGCC-02).
More specifically, it will first build an approximately 235m tunnel for the up-line from Taj Mahal Station’s east-end at Purani Mandi Chauraha towards the ramp on Fatehabad Road connecting to Sam India’s Package AGCC-01 where trial runs are underway.
TBM S-718 had previously been deployed by Afcons – Transtonnelstroy JV between 2013-2016 to work on Chennai Metro Phase 1 project’s packages UAA-05 and UAA-01.
It was then refurbished at Herrenknecht’s plant in Tamil Nadu where it passed Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) in April 2023. Afcons – SAM began lowering and assembling its parts at Taj Mahal Station in July.
Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) had awarded Afcons – SAM Consortium with this section’s Rs. 1819.79 crore civil construction contract in March 2022 with a 48 month deadline.
Their section from chainage 3630.000 to 11564.485 consists of twin tunnels connecting 7 stations at Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, SN Medical College, Agra College, Raja ki Mandi and RBS College.
Interestingly the TBM’s banner was replaced on launch day with a more subtle banner.
Here are some cool recent snaps of Afcons-SAM’s casting yard located along Agra’s Ring Road (view on Google Maps). In addition to Robbins TBM Yamuna and TBM Ganga, daily deliveries will now be made to feed TBM Shivaji.
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