Mumbai-Pune expressway to remain shut for 1.5 hours daily for 7 days
The busy Mumbai-Pune expressway will remain shut for motorists for one-and-a-half hours daily for seven days as authorities undertake crucial pre-monsoon maintenance work.
Motorists planning to travel on the route in the next few days are therefore advised to take note of the timings and modify their plans accordingly.
According to reports, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Ltd (MSRDC) will place roadblocks at Adoshi, Khandala and Bhatan tunnel to undertake loose scaling work at the landslide-prone areas before the start of monsoon.
The work began from Tuesday and will continue for four days, i.e. from May 14 to May 17. It will be stopped for three days during the weekend, from May 18 to May 20, when the expressway sees maximum vehicular movement.
It will resume again from May 21 and culminate on May 23.
While the scaling work is underway, traffic towards both Mumbai and Pune will be completely halted. The removal of stones will be carried out during six blocks of 15 minutes each, with the first block starting at 10 am and the last one at 4 pm.
The blocks will be applicable from – 10 am to 10:15 am, 11 am to 11:15 am, 12 pm to 12:15 pm, 2 pm to 2:15 pm, 3 pm to 3:15 pm and 4 pm to 4:15 pm.
Police authorities have asked the MSRDC to ensure that each block does not exceed the 15 minutes allotted time and display signages informing motorists about the ongoing activity.