‘Innovative 100’ is an award instituted by 9.9 Media to honour the most innovative companies in the mid-sized industry segment. This award is a representation of innovative achievements in technology, products and processes followed in the industry today and to be followed for years to come. It identifies and brings forward innovative mid-sized organisations and their leaders who, through their innovative actions, have introduced breakthrough changes in the Indian industry and possess a potential to revolutionise the business world. ElectroMech was recognised and honoured with this award for the successful development of the Tunnel Mucking system. This material handling solution, specific to removing of overburden from tunnelling operations has been successful across several projects in India and abroad. We were the only company that was able to rise to the challenge of achieving a 325m height of lift for two hydroelectric power projects; HCC’s Punatsanchhu project in Bhutan and Gammon’s Parbati project in Himachal Pradesh.
The INR 2235 crore Mumbai water supply project under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) involved construction of a tunnel from Gundovli to Thane in the first phase which was awarded to Soma and from Thane to Bhandup in the second phase, which was awarded to a joint venture of Unity Infraprojects Ltd. & IVRCL Ltd
For the first phase, for the tunnel from Gundovli till Kapurbavdi in Thane, Soma had decided to use a modern Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM). A TBM is a mammoth machine, 1 km in length, 100MT in weight and consisting of hundreds of components. ElectroMech was first posed with a challenge of lowering these components down the tunnel through the 100m shaft. This in itself was a challenge as the shaft was 10m in diameter, while the longest component of the TBM was 11m. This called for a special lifting attachment for the 120MT tunnel mucking crane which was designed and manufactured by ElectroMech to carry the components safely down the shaft to the tunnel.
The second challenge posed to ElectroMech was the installation of this mammoth machine 100m below the ground level. A 4x25MT triple girder crane was assembled 100m beneath the ground to successfully install the Tunnel Boring Machine and complete the project ingeniously. ElectroMech’s unique innovation in the form of the Tunnel Mucking systems has proven to be successful in various critical projects for rapid removal of overburden from tunnelling or shaft excavation. This award testifies that ElectroMech continues to align to its 'Innovations Approach' to satisfy customers' expectations. Earlier, ElectroMech had also won the 'Manufacturing Today Award for Excellence in Innovation' for the same innovation.