Commuters travelling via the Mumbai-Pune expressway will have to brace for traffic for the next five weeks as Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) will shut traffic movement intermittently during the day for maintenance work.
According to an official update from MSRDC, the expressway will be closed from February 6 to March 14 to remove loose rocks from rock fall prone areas near the Bhatan, Adoshi, Khandala and Amrutanjan tunnels in a bid to avoid landslides.
To complete the work, both lanes of the expressway will be closed for traffic seven times a day for a period of 15 minutes each. The work will commence at 10 am every day and complete by 3:15 pm.
Since the rock removal process entails the deployment of heavy machinery, which will locate the loose rocks and throw the debris on a net installed above the highway, emergency vehicles will remain on standby while the work is underway.
After the rocks are removed from the mountains, workers will collect debris and move them out.
State Highway traffic police, meanwhile, has urged commuters to cooperate with them for the next few weeks and assured that the work will complete while causing minimum possible inconvenience.
Date and Location:
Bhatan: February 6 and 7.
Adoshi: February 8, 9 14, 15 and 16.
Khandala: February 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 and March 1.
Amrutanjan: March 6, 7, 8, 9, 13 and 14.
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