Maharashta State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has decided to extend the Brifen wire rope safety fence system,installed on a 5-km stretch of Mumbai-Pune Expressway three months ago on a pilot basis,to 15 other accident-prone spots on the 95-km road.
MSRDC plans to complete the tender process before monsoon and start installing the ropes immediately after. The installation on roughly 12 km would cost Rs 4.9 crore,said an MSRDC official.
Brifen ropes arrested movement and prevented damage to vehicles and passengers in the 3-4 mishaps the stretch (near the toll booth at the Pune end) where the system is in place saw in the past three months. The impact was absorbed by poles holding the ropes. In the absence of the ropes,the vehicles would have crossed the median and the damage would have been severe, the official said.
About 13 poles have been damaged so far. This shows technology works. IRB,in charge of toll collection and maintenance,immediately replaces damaged poles.
The Brifen wire rope safety fence system guides wayward vehicles along the fence till they come to a halt. Every Brifen rope has 21 high-tensile carbon steel wires and lasts up to 18 years.
MSRDC will now install the system on stretches of 500 m to a km between Kalamboli and Madap tunnel,Kamshet 2 tunnel to Kivale junction and near Baur village.
It has also called bids to construct a truck terminus at Sarsan near Khopoli for drivers to take rest before hitting the expressway. It is also building a trauma care centre,a helipad and installing CCTV cameras along the road.