Agra Metro’s TBM Shivaji Records 1st Breakthrough at Taj Mahal Ramp

Afcons Infrastructure – SAM India JV today celebrated the first breakthrough by their third tunnel boring machine (TBM) Shivaji (S-718C) for the 29.40 km Agra Metro Phase 1 project.

This refurbished Ø6.63m diameter Herrenknecht Earth Pressure Balance machine was commissioned in early August 2023 to build twin underground tunnels on 14.25 km Line-1’s 7.93 km RBS College Ramp – Taj Mahal Ramp section (Package AGCC-02).

For its first assignment, Shivaji bored and built a roughly 228m long tunnel for the up-line from Taj Mahal Station’s launch shaft towards the cut & cover ramp on Fatehabad Road. This ramp connects to Sam India’s Package AGCC-01 where trial runs are underway.

Digital banner for the event

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.

Route of Agra Metro’s underground section between RBS College and Taj Mahal – view Agra Metro route map and information
Photo by Manish Saha
Photo by Kunal Dhonde

Interestingly, the paint on Shivaji’s cutterhead barely came off – thanks to a short distance and easy soil profile to bore through.

Photo by Kunal Dhonde

Shivaji will now re-deployed to build the parallel roughly 228m long down-line tunnel. Looking at the breakthrough shaft area’s set-up, I reckon instead of turning the machine around – most likely it’ll be dismantled, transported, re-assembled and relaunched from Taj Mahal Station.

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2 Responses to "Agra Metro’s TBM Shivaji Records 1st Breakthrough at Taj Mahal Ramp"

  1. Kamal says:

    That was quite a speed !

  2. Asif says:

    Hello any plans for deploying another TBM?


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