The work on Pune Metro underground line has begun with the tunnel boring machine being flagged off to commence the project from Agriculture College ground.
The project has been undertaken by the TATA Projects Limited.
Commenting on the project its Managing Director, Vinayak Deshpande said “We are proud to be executing the third underground metro package after Lucknow Metro & Mumbai Metro. This is also our seventh overall (underground & elevated) Metro package.”
The boring machine will dig at a depth of 65 to 100 feet approximately below the surface. The gigantic tunnel boring machine has a huge length of about 279-feet including back-up gantry.
The underground Pune Metro line runs from Shivajinagar to Swargate includes 5 stations. The line runs for about 82 kilometers.
“The commencement of work on this prestigious project that runs through one of the most densely populated areas of Pune is a landmark moment. Our teams are highly skilled and possess the vast experience to undertake a challenging project of this magnitude. We are certain that this project will transform the intracity transportation scenario upon completion by bringing it on par with global standards,” Rahul Shah, COO – Urban Infrastructure, Tata Project Ltd, said.
The Pune Metro project work is undertaken by MAHA Metro, an SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) of Government of India and Government of Maharashtra.