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Mumbai Pune Expressway to remain partially shut between March 12 and 20

Team OD  | Updated: March 12, 2019, 03:25 PM IST

The Mumbai Pune Expressway, governed by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), will be partially shut between March 12 and 20. This is being done to remove the loose rocks and the boulders adjacent to the hills on the way to prevent any unfortunate incident due to landslides in the monsoon period between July and September. In order to make sure that the maintenance and repair work of the Khandala tunnel is not affected by the traffic flow, officials will stop traffic movement every 15 minutes starting 10am until 3:30pm.

The Highway Security Unit has already put up a notice at the Khalapur toll junction (Pali Phata) (for the Mumbai-Pune direction) and also the at Talegaon (for the Pune-Mumbai direction) toll junction. The Mumbai Pune Expressway has often witnessed fatal crashes especially in the monsoons due to rockfall, a result of weathering and vertical cuts on the rocks. In previous instances, the Mumbai Pune Expressway was closed for installation of an overhead gantry crane and also for the setup of a directive panel near Panvel.

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