Major traffic snarls were reported on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway on Saturday evening, as the authorities had to shut two lanes of the road, following a landslide in Khandala Ghat.
“The landslide which took place around 47km from the Pune end of the expressway was not major. No casualties were reported. We did not want to take a risk by allowing traffic too close to the hill, so we shut two lanes along the 1.5-km stretch of the expressway. But we diverted Mumbai-bound traffic to one of the Pune-bound lanes,” said a state highway patrol police, requesting anonymity.
The state highway patrol police claimed the MSRDC officials did not reach the spot soon after the incident, leading to confusion over the intensity of the landslide. Despite various attempts, MSRDC chief engineer VS Deshpande remained unavailable for comment.
Also, two trucks collided on the expressway near Lonavala on Saturday morning. No casualties were reported.
The same spot had witnessed a landslide on June 22. Also, three people were killed on the expressway on July 19, after loose boulders came crashing on a road near the Adhoshi tunnel.