Thought this deserves a separate thread to track the progress.
Construction has begun.
Maharashtra State government planned to construct a 13.5 km-long bypass between Khalapur toll plaza and Kusgaon, which will likely to reduce travel time between Mumbai and Pune by almost 20 minutes.
New Delhi: Good news for Pune-Mumbai commuters! Construction work on the 13.3 Km-long bypass road between Khopoli and Kusgaon on the Pune-Mumbai expressway has begun. This will decongest the highway and will help people save at least 20 minutes of travel time between both cities.
As recent HT report stated that the construction will be carried out in three phases and is expected to be completed within the next three years. It may be noted that the tender was allowed to Navyug Construction by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation. In the first phase of the project, construction work on the tunnel near Kusgaon began. Work on three kilometres will be completed in the first year while the work on the remaining stretch will be completed in the next two years.
The national daily report quoted MSRDC chief engineer Shankar Dhote saying, "Finally construction of the project has started. MSRDC has appointed Hyderabad-based private firm to construct the bypass between Khopoli and Kusgaon within three years." He mentioned that the project was delayed because they were not able to get the Forest Rights Act (FRA) certificates. However, they received the certificates a month earlier following which the construction work started.
Worth mentioning here is that the Maharashtra State government planned to construct a 13.5 km-long bypass between Khalapur toll plaza and Kusgaon, which will likely to reduce travel time between Mumbai and Pune by almost 20 minutes. Since the expressway and the national highway merge right now, six out 10 lanes are very congested which slows down the traffic.
As per the officials, this realignment will allow the people to travel at a speed of 120 kilometres per hour which will cut down travel time between the two cities by 30 minutes.