The 17 ‘rivers’ paving a par­al­lel city un­der Mum­bai

» With the tun­nelling work for a third of all un­der­ground Metro routes com­pleted, mid-day does a sta­tus check on the gi­ant bor­ing ma­chines named after rivers of Ma­ha­rash­tra

Mid Day - - Front Page - RA­JEN­DRA B. AKLEKAR ra­jen­ » P07

AROUND eight storeys be­neath your feet, the Metro III tun­nel bor­ing ma­chines are whirring qui­etly, build­ing a par­al­lel city of un­der­ground tun­nels. As of now, 10.72 km of tun­nels are ready. The ma­chines low­ered at at CSMT have reached Gir­gaum, and the one at Naya Na­gar has now reached Dadar, about 500 me­tres from Shiv Sena Bha­van.

SOME 80 feet un­der­ground, there are 17 tun­nel bor­ing ma­chines (TBM) — named after rivers in Ma­ha­rash­tra — fu­ri­ously dig­ging the 33.5-km Metro net­work. The Co­laba-Ban­dra-SEEPZ cor­ri­dor will con­nect six busi­ness dis­tricts, the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional air­ports, and have five in­ter­change points for sub­ur­ban rail­ways and one each for the Mono­rail and Versova-And­heri-Ghatkopar Metro. mid-day goes un­der­ground to find how far the ma­chines have reached.

The tun­nel bor­ing ma­chine laid down at Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Ma­haraj Ter­mi­nus has now reached Gir­gaum

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