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State to spend Rs 15 cr to make Expressway safer

Your ride on the 93-km six-lane Mumbai-Pune Expressway will become safer before the next monsoon, reports HT Correspondent.

mumbai Updated: Nov 03, 2009 00:57 IST
HT Correspondent

Your ride on the 93-km six-lane Mumbai-Pune Expressway will become safer before the next monsoon.

The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has called for contractors to place safety steel curtains on the mountain along the 2.75 km Borghat stretch between Khopoli and Lonavla — the most dangerous stretch — to prevent accidents caused by landslides.

The state agency is also digging trenches along the sides of the Expressway so that loose rocks do not fall directly on the road.

The project, worth Rs 15 crore, will begin in December and is expected to be completed by May 2010.

“Once we complete fixing safety curtains along this stretch, nearly 70 per cent of the Expressway will be covered,” said V. Sardeshmukh, executive engineer, MSRDC.

The state agency has already placed safety curtains along a 1.5 km stretch on the Expressway.

Since 2004, the number of landslides on the Expressway has dropped from 47 to 25 till October 2009.

These incidents occur mainly during the monsoon.

IIT-Bombay had conducted a study on the cause of landslides on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

The study found that rocks fall on the road and cause accidents, as there is no space or slope bench on the sides of the Expressway.

Moreover, the drainage pipes along the safety curtains make the soil weak and multi-axle trucks that ply on the road loosen the soil further.