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  • Tunnel development in the country is driven by investments in the metro rail, railway, roads and highways, hydropower, underground crude oil storage, and water and sewerage segments. Over the past few years, the size of tunneling projects has witnessed a substantial increase. A number of landmark and challenging tunnel construction projects are under execution -- the Katra-Banihal railway line in Jammu & Kashmir (with a total tunnel length of 163 km), the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (with a total tunnel length of 203 km) and the 33.5 km Mumbai Metro Line 3, as well as the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project (7-km undersea tunnel).

  • With regard to tunnel construction techniques and technologies, the tunnel boring machine (TBM) and the New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM) are gaining traction for tunnelling activities in urban areas. Another advanced method which is seeing increasing acceptance is micro-tunnelling. Nevertheless, conventional techniques such as the drill and blast method (DBM) continue to play a dominant role in the execution of tunnel construction projects.

  • There is an increased demand for high-tech equipment as geological complexities are the biggest challenge in tunnelling projects. Meanwhile, navigation systems, computerised jumbos and advanced drilling systems are being deployed for precision and better monitoring. New materials are also being deployed to improve the durability and strength of tunnels.

  • However, the tunnelling segment continues to struggle with the issues of inadequate investigation, geological complexities, and mismanaged contracts although there has been some improvement on these fronts. Projects have also been stalled or surrendered due to contractual issues.

  • Going forward, there will be a huge number of potential opportunities across multiple sectors, given the large pipeline of projects. The tunnelling segment holds immense promise for EPC contractors, technology and equipment providers, etc. over the long term.

  • The mission of this conference is to discuss the trends and developments, and highlight the opportunities and challenges in the tunnelling segment. The conference will provide a platform to showcase noteworthy projects, best practices as well as the recent innovations in technology and equipment.
  • The mission of this conference is to discuss the trends and developments and highlight the opportunities and challenges in the tunnelling segment. The conference will provide a platform to showcase recent innovations in technology and equipment, noteworthy projects and best practices.

 
     
 
       
 
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