Traffic on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway was badly affected following a landslide on the lane towards Mumbai near Khandala tunnel on Monday morning. The traffic was diverted to the old highway, where it progressed at a slow pace due to the huge volume of vehicles and incessant rains.
Authorities said boulders blocking the Pune-Mumbai lane would be removed by Tuesday morning.
Officials at the Expressway control room said the landslide occurred around 10 am and large rocks that came down blocked the entire Pune to Mumbai lane. The traffic was diverted to the old Pune-Mumbai highway and work to remove the debris had started around 11.30 am. No casualties were reported in the landslide.
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Officials from the State Highway Police said, “The boulders are very heavy and it is taking a lot of time for the cranes to move them. The road will be cleared by Tuesday morning. We have diverted the traffic to the Old Highway but because of the volume from both the highways and also due to rains, the traffic will be moving slowly till the Expressway blockage is cleared.”
Boulders fall at Karla
Huge loose boulders rolled down the mountain at Karla near Lonavla, damaging the office of famous Ekvira Devi temple trust in the early hours of Monday. No casualties were reported in the incident as there were no pilgrims at the spot during the mid-night hours when the boulders collapsed.