The construction work on the Pune Metro underground line has commenced. The work started with the gigantic tunnel boring machine being flagged off to start execution of its task from Agriculture College grounds in Pune today. TATA Projects Limited has undertaken the work of the Pune Metro underground line. Vinayak Deshpande, Managing Director – Tata Projects Ltd, 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 gigantic tunnel boring machine that has commenced work will dig at an approximate depth of between 65 feet to 100 feet below surface. This gigantic tunnel boring machine has a huge length of about 279-feet, including back-up gantry. While the cutter head does the boring and machine moves ahead – it has multiple hands that simultaneously places C shaped concrete sections throughout the tunnel.
The Pune Metro underground line runs from Shivajinagar to Swargate or about 8.2 kilometres and includes 5 stations. Package one of this underground line comprises two stations while package two includes three stations.
Speaking about the Pune Metro underground line, Rahul Shah, COO – Urban Infrastructure, Tata Project Ltd, said, “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 vast experience to undertake a challenging project of this magnitude. We are certain that this project will transform the intra city transportation scenario upon completion by bringing it on par with global standards."
Pune Metro project has been undertaken by MAHA Metro, a SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) of Government of India and Government of Maharashtra. The project intends to develop world class metro stations and surrounding areas featuring the rich cultural heritage.