L&T’s Chennai Metro TBM Siruvani Starts Tunneling from Chetpet

Following a small puja, Larsen & Toubro on Wednesday officially commissioned tunnel boring machine (TBM) DZ1040 at Chetpet Station’s shaft for constructing the 116.1 km Chennai Metro Phase 2 project.

This Ø6.65m earth pressure balance (EPB) machine, nicknamed TBM Siruvani, is the 3rd of 8 machines to start tunneling works on 45.4 km Line-3‘s Package TU-02 connecting Kellys and Taramani Road Junction stations.

It will first travel from Chetpet Station southward towards Sterling Road, a distance of roughly 705 meters.

Photo by Rohit Bandagale

The machine was manufactured by China Railway Construction Heavy Industry (CRCHI) and passed factory acceptance tests (FAT) in the summer of 2022.

It will be deployed by L&T along with 7 other TBMs to construct approximately 12 km twin tunnels (total 24 km) between Kellys and Taramani Road Junction stations.

Photo by Rohit Bandagale

Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) had awarded L&T with Package TU-02’s Rs. 2385 crore contract in May 2021 with a 42 month deadline.

Besides constructing twin tunnels between Kellys and Taramani Road Junction, they will build diaphragm walls, entry/exit structures of Chetpet Station, Royapettah Government Hospital Station, Thiruvanmiyu Station, and part diaphragm wall of Greenways Road Station, including launching and retrieval shafts at the above stations.

Line-3’s underground section: Venugopal Nagar – Kellys – Taramani Road Junction | Map via Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. includes my edits

L&T had started lowering TBM Siruvani’s parts into Chetpet Station in June – see images.

Siruvani has so far built 2 temporary rings inside the shaft for its initial drive. Its back-up gantry will be lowered and attached later for the main drive.

DZ1041 (Palar) and DZ1040 (Siruvani) – Photo by Rohit Bandagale
Siruvani and its 2 temporary rings – Photo by Rohit Bandagale

Besides these 2 machines, L&T will deploy 4 Herrenknecht machines and 2 Robbins machines from Mumbai Metro Line-3’s Package UGC-01. With this development, 3 of those 8 machines have started tunneling works.

Here’s a status table of all machines in Package TU-02 which is best viewed on a Desktop device. If you spot discrepancies, then drop a comment below or shoot me a message via the Contact page.

TBM (Nickname)Status
Herrenknecht S1326A (Adyar)Lowered at Greenways (will bore towards Adyar Junction)
Herrenknecht S1327A (Kaveri)Launched from Greenways towards Adyar Junction
Herrenknecht S1238A (Noyyal)Launched from Greenways towards Mandaveli
Herrenknecht S1329A (Vaigai)Lowered at Greenways (will bore towards Mandaveli)
CRCHI DZ1040 (Siruvani)Launched at Chetpet towards Sterling (this post!)
CRCHI DZ1041 (Palar)Lowered at Chetpet towards Sterling
Robbins 408 (Bhavani)Passed Factory Acceptance Tests (will bore from Chetpet towards KMC)
Robbins 409 (Thamirabharani)Pending Factory Acceptance Tests (will bore from Chetpet towards KMC)

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8 Responses to "L&T’s Chennai Metro TBM Siruvani Starts Tunneling from Chetpet"

  1. Pranav says:

    Considering the tender was awarded in May’21, this would mean the deadline is Nov’24. That seems extremely aggressive. Do you think they’ll be able to hit the timeline?

  2. S Baskaran says:

    Just curious to know on Tunnel Boring Machines ; whether China is the only manufacturer of TBM
    In the world or any other country has got technology?

    Any Indian Company planning to get the knowhow ?

    • Mahadevan says:

      China, Germany, USA & Japan are the countries into TBM manufacturing, but predominantly it is China & Germany.

    • Siri says:

      This project alone is using TBMs from almost every TBM manufacturer, i.e. Robbins, Herrenknecht and CRHI. No Single company will be able to fulfill India’s TBM requirements currently.

  3. A Deepak Kumar says:

    Can anyone tell me whether 1 TBM has started tunnelling from Greenways Road towards Mandaveli?


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