India’s Minster for Urban Development, Eknath Shinde, has inaugurated the second Tunnel Boring Machine for Pune metro which performs tunneling works for a 5-km stretch between Range Hill and Swargate.
This underground section is part of the Line 1, linking PCMC and Swargate on a 16.6 km line, of which 11.5 km will be elevated. The Line 1 will have 15 stations, with 9 elevated and 6 underground stations.
The first TBM has started the tunneling work on 30 November 2019.
“The metro work is complex, difficult, high tech and sophisticated. I am sure Pune metro will finish the work before time,” the minister said.
In December, the minster has unveiled the metro train prototypes which have already entered trials along the 6-km section between Sant Tukaram Nagar and Phugewadi stations.
In August, Titagarh Firema was awarded a contract for the supply of 102 aluminiu-body metro cars, which will operate the Line 1 .
In March, Alstom won a contract for the design and installation of Urbalis 400 solution for Corridors 1 and 2, to control 31 trains on the 32-km-long lines.
In 2019, the EIB allotted EUR 600 million loan for Pune metro rail project, which has a total value of EUR 1.78 billion. The city of Pune has also received a EUR 245 million financing from the French Development Agency.
The work of Pune metro project is progressing well and the civil work, track laying, electrical traction work, electrical sub station work, signaling system works are being completed in time.
The physical progress achieved so far has been approx. 37%. It is expected that the Line 1 will be operational in 2021.
The city of Pune is also constructing the Line 2, connecting Vanaz and Ramwadi on a 14.6 km elevated line, served by 16 stations.