Total Movements Pvt. Ltd, member to the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) in India informs: “It is a matter of great pride for us to announce that our associate company successfully retrieved, lifted and transported a Mumbai Metro’s tunnel boring machine as a single unit from Worli Station to the Nehru Science Centre station covering a distance of 5 km.
This was the very first time that such a critical operation was conducted in India. To retrieve the TBM, freight wings deployed suitable mega lift structure system with strand jacks, lifted the TBM out from a depth of 24 meter. The next day, the machine was transported through self propelled modular transporters and was brought to destination at Nehru Science Museum Station where it was again lowered for the next phase of tunneling.
Till date, all such tunnel boring machines were dismantled and then re-assembled in order to shift them from one site to another which involved a lot of time and extra efforts in terms of procurement and operations.
This pioneering feat which has proved to be of immense value to the customer will usher in a new phase in heavy lifting and heavy transport in India.”