Afcons Infrastructure – SAM India JV in the past fortnight lowered parts of their 1st tunnel boring machine 215-323 at Agra Fort’s Ramleela Maidan for underground Package AGCC-02 of the 29.40 km Agra Metro Phase 1 project.
This Ø6.52m and 95m long Earth Pressure Balance (EPB) machine had earlier been deployed by CEC-CICI JV to build Jaipur Metro Phase 1 project‘ 2.35 km Package UG-1B between Chandpole and Badi Chaupar stations. The project’s final breakthrough was achieved in July 2017.
The machine was then brought to Robbins’ yard in Gurgaon where it was extensively refurbished and passed factory acceptance tests in October.
In Agra, TBM 215 along with another refurbished TBM will be deployed by Afcons Infrastructure – Sam India JV to build 14.25 km Line-1’s 7.93 km RBS College Ramp – Taj Mahal Ramp section.
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.
Construction for the shaft adjacent to Agra Fort Station was launched in April 2022.
Besides 2 Robbins TBMs, Afcons – SAM will be deploying another 2 Herenknecht machines from either Bangalore Metro’s RT-01 Phase 2 project or from Singapore.
Their tunneling plan still remains unknown to me at this time. If someone reading this is aware, then leave a comment below or shoot me a message via the Contact page.
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