Mumbai-Pune Eway commute to get safer, MSRDC has ₹200 cr plan to prevent landslides
Mumbai city news: A few years ago, several people were killed owing to landslides in the ghar section of the expresswaymumbai Updated: Jun 13, 2017 13:44 IST
Planning to take the Mumbai-Pune Expressway anytime soon? Your trip just got safer.
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) plans to carry out repairs to mitigate landslides. The corporation will set up pre-fabricated tunnel extensions to hold loose rocks in place and stabilise slopes. Officials said these measures were suggested by experts from the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay and other consultants.
A few years ago, several people were killed owing to landslides in the ghar section of the expressway. Last year, minor landslides were reported during the monsoon. Landslides also lead to traffic snarls on the expressway, on which 50,000 vehicles ply daily.
A 5-km stretch of the ghar section is common to Mumbai-Pune Expressway and the national highway, which is under the Union ministry of road transport, highways (MoRTH). To carry out major repairs, the cash-strapped MSRDC wrote to MoRTH, asking them to bear 50% of the estimated project cost of Rs200 crore, said Kiran Kurundkar, joint managing director, MSRDC.
The corporation has already carried out repairs worth Rs100 crore, including the installation of hexagonal iron mesh and rock bolting on the expressway to hold loose rocks in place.