Your journey on the Pune-Mumbai E-way will be smoother and faster as Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is planning for the construction of additional lanes and tunnels to decongest the ghat section of the expressway.
There will be two elevated roads in the valley section and two tunnels between Khalapur and Sinhgad Institute near Kusgaon. The augmentation plan of the corporation aims to reduce travel time between the two cities by 30 to 45 minutes.
The traffic from the expressway and the old highway join on the six-lane stretch between Khopoli and Khandala which causes a lot of traffic jams.
Kiran Kurundkar, joint managing director, MSRDC told The Hindustan Times, that they are planning to connect the section after Khalapur toll plaza and Sinhgad institute through tunnels and viaducts. Wherever there is a valley section, we will have viaducts [elevated road] and wherever there is a mountain we will have a tunnel. With this, motorists will be able to bypass the ghat section, where there is traffic congestion on most occasions.
Reportedly, the two four-lane tunnels will be 1.75km and 8.92km in length, while the additional lanes will be of 13.3km and 5.9km. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 5,385 crore and the period of construction is three years.
Earlier,in October, the MSRDC had proposed to construct an elevated road, which is part of the link between Khalapur toll plaza and Sinhgad Institute, but it was rejected because it was not feasible. Now, the corporation reworked the detailed plan and has these new bids on the project.
Information Source: hindustantimes
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