Hours after repair and maintenance work at vulnerable spots along the Pune-Mumbai expressway was completed, a landslide was reported near the Khandala tunnel around 3.30 pm Saturday. It disrupted the flow of traffic towards Mumbai.
The highway police, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, officials of the IRB company and the private agency that carried out repair and maintenance work on the expressway immediately rushed to the spot after being intimated about the landslide.
S G Sonawane, superintendent with the state highway police, said, “The repair works were over on Friday evening. So, the expressway was opened both ways for traffic on Saturday. However, a landslide was reported again. It blocked the road towards Mumbai. The process is on to clear the road. Also, officials of MSRDC and the private agency that carried out repair works are on the spot. They are doing a fresh review of the repair works.”
On July 19, a landslide near Adoshi tunnel had killed two persons, after which the government had ordered repair and maintenance work on the stretch.