The Megha Engineering & Infrastructures Ltd. (MEIL) has fast tracked the construction work on the 19 km long Char Dham Rail Tunnel in Uttarakhand. The company is excavating and drilling the tunnel with advanced NATM technology at an altitude of 2,250 ft above Sea Level in the eastern Himalayan ranges.
The contractor has already completed 10 km tunnel works of the cross passages in the package -7B. Despite heavy rainfall, landslides, floods, hard rock formations and topographic challenges, this arduous task was achieved in just 18 months. The Rail Vikas Nigam Limited RVNL has applauded the MEIL for carrying out speedy works and awarded the company as the best contractor for the Char Dham Project.
The 125.20-km-long Rishikesh – Karnaprayag Railway Tunnel project in Uttarakhand is a single-track broad gauge railway line with 12 stations. It is divided into 9 packages, and MEIL is executing two packages, 7B and 8. MEIL’s Packages In 7B, the MEIL is executing tunnel works for 19 km, of which a 9.5 km-long twin-tube tunnel (T13) from Narkota to Sumerpur along with a railway station yard at Tilani in Rudraprayag district. The twin tube tunnel consists of a 10-km-long main tunnel and a 9-km-long escape tunnel. It will also construct 33 cross passages between the main and escape tunnels. The company will build 1 ROB and 2 box culverts. In Package 8, MEIL is constructing a 13.5-km-long twin tube tunnels from Sumerpur (Rudraprayag district) to Gaucher (Chamoli district) and railway station yards at Gholtir and Gaucher. It will also construct 45 cross passages between the main and escape tunnels, three bridges and two cut and cover tunnels.