Delhi Metro Starts Lowering TBM Parts for Tunneling Between RK Puram & Bhikaji Cama Place on Pink Line
FEMC-Pratibha, the Delhi Metro’s contractor for the Pink line’s underground section between Moti Bagh and Lajpat Nagar (CC-18) has over the past couple of days started lowering parts of a TBM to tunnel and connect the RK Puram shaft on the Ring Road with the Bhikaji Cama Place station in south Delhi.
As per an engineer working on the project, tunneling will begin in mid December as other parts of the TBM need to be lowered and the site needs to be prepared. The tunneling distance between the two points is roughly 400 meters, so a breakthrough can be expected to take place as early as February 2016.
The ramp leading to the elevated section at Moti Bagh is visible in the background. From the TBM’s location within the shaft, it can also be instantly known that this TBM will bore the westbound tunnel in which trains will run from Bhikaji Cama Place to RK Puram and beyond.
As a reminder, on the CC-18 section which connects the RK Puram shaft – Bhikaji Cama Place – Sarojini Nagar – INA – South Ex – Lajpat Nagar, the following breakthroughs are left to be made:
- South Ex -> Lajpat Nagar: 2nd breakthrough expected in a week from now! 1st took place on June 12
- Bhikaji Cama Place -> Sarojini Nagar: 2nd breakthrough expected in December. 1st took place on Sept 14
- RK Puram Shaft – Bhikaji Cama Place