Motorists heading to Pune, Goa and parts of south India from the city can look forward to some relief by 2018. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority is planning to build two separate road links that will connect the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and the National Highway 17 that takes traffic towards south India.
Usually, vehicles from the island city that need to reach these highways have to take a 90- to 120-minute detour from the Sion-Panvel Highway. But, after the construction of these links, vehicles will be able to shave off nearly 60 minutes from their travel time.
“We are planning a 46-km link from Chirle, where the MTHL ends, to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Another 34-km link will connect Chirle to NH 17,” MMRDA joint project director Dilip Kawathkar said.
As per MMRDA’s initial plan, the road to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway will connect near the Khalapur toll station. The other road will connect to the NH 17 near Chirner-Kharpada. “At the moment we are seeking consultants who will help us prepare a detailed project report and suggest a suitable alignment of the road,” Kawathkar said.
MMRDA is planning to give consultants 12 months to prepare a report on how to construct the road.
MMRDA is planning to construct a 4- to 8-lane road. Certain parts of the stretch have already been located but are very small. “Some stretches of the road will need to be expanded while at certain stretches we will have to complete the missing links,” Kawathkar said.
The MTHL, once completed, is supposed to attract nearly 44,970 vehicles, many of which will be travelling long distance to areas like Pune, Goa and south India.