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Mumbai-Pune ‘missing link’ project 85% ready, deadline extended to March 2025

Mumbai-Pune ‘missing link’ project 85% ready, deadline extended to March 2025

The project aims to make the Mumbai Pune Expressway corridor fatality free.

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The under-construction Mumbai-Pune ‘missing link’ project, which is now almost 85% ready, has seen a further extension of its deadline to March 2025.
Confirming this, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) Vice Chairman and Managing Director Anilkumar Gaikwad said that as the execution of the project involves several challenges, the work is being carried out cautiously.

While the deadline for completion of the project, which costs Rs 6,600 crore, was earlier set as March 2024 and later revised to January 2025. “The Mumbai-Pune highway is one of the busiest roads. Work on the Missing Link project, although not affecting traffic, is being carried out very carefully to avoid any disruption. Moreover, the project faces a significant challenge as the cable-stayed bridge portion of this alignment lies at a height of almost 100 m from the Khandala valley,” Gaikwad said.

“The scale of the work is difficult and the project therefore takes time. Even though the work has not slowed down, certain challenges remain to be overcome to meet the set deadline,” he added. He added that carrying out work during monsoon is also a difficult task considering the extent of work.

The 13 km ‘missing link’ is part of the existing Mumbai Pune Expressway. The project route begins in Khopoli, bypasses the expressway with an 840 meter viaduct rising to a height of 60 meters, enters a 1.75 km tunnel, then crosses the 640 meter cable-stayed bridge built at a height of 100 meters . from Tiger Valley on the Lonavala-Khandala section and then enters another tunnel of 8.9 km long.

Part of this tunnel lies 170 feet underground with Lonavala Lake above, emerging near the Sinhgad Institute. While the distance between these two terminal points – Khopoli and Sinhgad Institute – along the existing Mumbai-Pune highway is 19 km, comprising steep inclines and the Ghat section imposing restrictions on vehicle speed limit, the “missing link” will reduce the distance by 5.7 km between Khopoli and Sinhgad Institute, saving 20-30 minutes of travel time.

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Additionally, motorists will not have to pass through the existing ghats and will be able to travel faster, up to 120 kmph.

The project aims to make the Mumbai Pune Expressway corridor fatality free.

With the ‘missing link’, the MSRDC also aims to solve an annual problem during the monsoon: traffic jams in Khandala due to falling rocks and morums from the hills along the road.

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First published online on: 06-23-2024 at 11:12 p.m. IST