MMRC starts under water tunneling in Mithi River

    Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation
    In a first of its kind initiative in the city, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), executing the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro 3 corridor, recently started a challenging task of tunneling 22 metres below Mithi River. The 153-metre-long tunnel is being dug using the New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM) between Dharavi and Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC).with the BKC station will also be underwater and the ongoing work is expected to be completed by August, 2020. The proposed 33.5-km Metro 3 line will be the second Metro in the country to have tunnels under a riverbed, the first is being constructed in Kolkata under the Hooghly River. The BKC Metro station, that will come up below Mithi River and will have two island platforms instead of one being constructed at the other 25 underground stations, MMRC director (projects), S K Gupta said, adding that it will also have a reversal facility and a spare line for train operations and that BKC station will be a crucial intersection point as it is being planned as a three-line station with two main platforms and a cross-over line, which will connect to either side of the mainline where the cross-over line is being constructed using NATM, he added.
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