If you’re travelling to Pune on Thursday, plan ahead. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway will be closed for three hours between 12 noon and 3 pm on Thursday. Many of the 12,000 vehicles that use the Expressway every day will have to take National Highway 4 (NH4) to reach Pune.
The section between Lonavala and Dehu Road will be shut so the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) can put up a new 22 kv power sub-station at Urse, in Pune’s Maval taluka.
“This substation will improve power supply to Lonavla and Dehu Road. Over 40 people will work to connect the cables with the transmission lines,” an MSEDCL official said.
On Thursday, your Pune trip could take about 45 minutes more than it does on the Expressway. NH4 is mainly used by heavy trucks and trailers that severely slow down smaller passenger vehicles.
SP Nagtilak, chief engineer, MSEDCL (Pune zone), said: “We’ll complete work as soon as possible without further inconveniencing commuters.”
“There are 63 power lines across the Expressway. For any major work, traffic is diverted through NH4,” said V Sardeshmukh, executive engineer, MSRDC, from Pune.