Work on expressway capacity expansion could be delayed

Work on the planned capacity expansion of the 95-km Mumbai-Pune Expressway is not likely to start any time soon,as the agency in-charge of the implementation wants to appoint a technical advisory committee to study the project proposal.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 20, 2012 12:32 am

Work on the planned capacity expansion of the 95-km Mumbai-Pune Expressway is not likely to start any time soon,as the agency in-charge of the implementation wants to appoint a technical advisory committee to study the project proposal.

In its board meeting last Friday,the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) decided to form a technical advisory committee comprising experienced technocrats to get the detailed project report weighted before approving it.

“The board wanted experts to fine-tune,study and ratify the proposal before taking a decision. The committee has not been formed yet and we haven’t still decided on the number of members,” said an MSRDC official.

“Once the report is ready we will send it to the state government for approval.”

“We hope to start the work soon because expansion of the expressway is the need of the hour for commuters,” he said.

The MSRDC has been planning to expand the capacity of the expressway,which currently stretches from Kalamboli to Somatane,for more than a year.

The work is to be taken up at a total cost of Rs 4,800 crore and will involve adding more tunnels and bridges to the existing road to relieve the growing vehicular traffic on the six-lane road.

The additional tunnels would be constructed between Khopoli to the Sinhagad Institute of Technology on the expressway.

“The project also involves improvements to the old NH-4,on which roughly an amount of Rs 1,200 crore would be spent. As part of the improvements,the stretch between Shil to Kalamboli and Dehu to Nigdi,roughly 28 kilometres,would be widened to six lanes from the current four lanes,” said an MSRDC engineer.

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