On a hot summer’s day in Bangalore, ambassadors, politicians, lobbyists, financers, press and the cream of the Indian tunnelling community crowd gather excitedly in a large marquee erected alongside the Majestic Station shaft, eagerly awaiting the launch of the first slurry TBM to be used in India.

Police patrol the site and line the sides of the tent. With one hand resting on their batons they survey the throng as Karnataka state Chief Minister Shri Yeddyurappa enters to a hail of applause, flash photography and adoration from the baying crowd.

The guest list for the TBM launching ceremony on Bangalore’s metro reads as a who’s who for the Indian construction industry.

Addressing this crowd, Yeddyurappa proudly stamps his name on the project by congratulating those who have brought it this far.

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