The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), on Tuesday said that it has decided to appoint a technical advisory committee for separating the Mumbai-Pune Expressway from the National Highway 4 (Old Pune Highway) completely.
The MSRDC's project will save 30 to 45 minutes of travelling time. The proposed eight kilometre-long tunnel in the project will bypass the existing ghat section that has dangerous turns and accident prone spots.
"We have a proposal to augment the capacity of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway for which at this juncture we need to appoint a Technical Advisory Committee to study the project," said Bipin Shrimali, managing director and vice chairman of MSRDC.
According to the proposal, two sets of parallel bridges of 865 and 810 meters (either way) will be constructed apart from two sets of tunnels of 1,620 and 7,755 meters long between Khalapur, Khopoli and Sinhagad Technical Education Society.
AV Deodhar, superintending engineer, MSRDC said that the current estimated cost of the project is Rs 2,600 crore that will be undertaken on Public-PrivatePartnership financial model. He further said that the Corporation intends to complete the project by 2017 and the motorists will benefit by saving anywhere between 30-45 minutes of their traveling time.
Once the report of the committee is ready, it will be tabled in the board of the MSRDC and further measures will be taken to initiate the project.
The committee is yet to be appointment, but it is likely to have experts from leading technical educational institute, independent experts, state officials, etc.
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