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Maha-Metro official, Work on metro tunnel under Mutha river to start

With the culmination of the 1.6-kilometer underground passage between Agriculture College and Shivajinagar, the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha-Metro) has now begun take a shot at burrowing underneath the Mutha stream bed close to Shivajinagar for the Pune metro venture.

When complete, Pune will be the fourth city after Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai where an underground Metro rail crosses the waterway. The burrowing work underneath the Mutha stream area, as per authorities, will start very soon. As indicated by Maha-Metro chief Atul Gadgil, the rail level beneath the surface at Mutha stream is 28 meters which is the absolute bottom of the metro course. “The tunnel will be six metres below the lowest point of the river. After that there is a seven-metre ridge of the tunnel,” said Gadgil.

Pune metro has an underground stretch estimating 5.019 km in its PCMC to Swargate hall. There are five underground stations. Among these five metro stations, there are three stations where Maha-Metro is raising multi-modular center points and other vehicle models would be associated with one another.

Other than Pune, the Kolkata metro crosses the Hooghly stream where the passage has been burrowed 33 meters underneath the waterway bed. In Mumbai, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) finished one of the twin passages passing under the city’s Mithi stream. The two passages, one of which is finished, are practically 12.5m underneath Mithi waterway. Chennai has an operational line submerged with the proposed Metro line going through 20 meters deep under the profundities of the Adyar waterway and Chepet lake while going among Madhavaram and Sholinganallur.

In Pune, the Tunnel Boring Machine is 150-200 meters from the stream bed at Shivajinagar. The city, according to design, has three metro halls being created by Maha-Metro, the state government organization. It will cover complete a separation of 31 kilometers (a 16-km stretch from Pimpri to Swargate and another from Vanaz to Ramwadi at an expected expense of Rs 11,420 crore).

The Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) is building another course between Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar, which will be of 23 kilometers at an expected expense of Rs 7,947 crore. All the three lines are relied upon to be operational by 2022.

Maha-Metro advertising official Hemant Sonawane, stated, “There would be no contrast between normal underground metro passage and passage underneath the riverbed. Suburbanites would not understand that they are crossing the stream when they travel from this segment. The passage exhausting machine has just arrived at the Civil Court station and finished the 1.6 Km burrow work for underground metro. There would be no extraordinary strategy to cross the waterway. A similar machine would accomplish the burrowing work beneath the waterway.”

Underground metro stations/Rail level underneath the surface

Shivajinagar/16 meter

Common Court/28 meter

Budhwar peth-25 meter

Mandai-20 meter

Swaragate-22 meter

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