London Tunnel Machine To Be Named After Kutch Woman

| Updated: October 14, 2022 4:58 pm

It is a proud moment for Gujarat’s Kutch. The company, HS2 Limited, building the high-speed railway between London and Birmingham has launched the next phase of tunneling on the enormous infrastructure project. A teacher from Kutch, Sushila Hirani, has been chosen as the person after whom the first operational tunnel boring machine has been named.

Sushila Hirani expressed her amazement at students at Derry Meadow’s decision to nominate her for this honour. She has been a teacher for 30 years, with a background in product design.

President of London-based Kutch Leva Patel Community, Mavjibhai Dhanjibhai Vekaria and Bhuj Samaj President Veljibhai Pindoria congratulated the Kachhi girl on this special honour.

“Sushila” is the fourth of 10 HS2 tunnel boring machines to be launched. The milestone highlights the progress being made on building Britain’s new high-speed rail network, creating jobs and providing contracts for businesses now.  

Later this year, a second TBM, named after 18th-century astronomer Caroline Herschel, will also be launched from the West London site to build the second of HS2’s twin-bore tunnels towards central London.

‘Sushila’ and ‘Caroline’ will be operated by Skanska Costain STRABAG JV (SCS JV). The machines are manufactured by worldwide TBM specialist Herrenknecht in Germany.

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