The Mumbai Pune Expressway is India’s first ever six lane expressway spanning over a vast distance of 94.5 kms.
Being fully operationalised in 2002, the expressway handles about 43,000 vehicle units and is designed to handle up to 10,00,000 PCU’s daily. This six lane project cost Rs 16.3 billion to construct under the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC).
The expressway has reduced the travel time from Mankhurd to Pune in about 2 Hrs. It has also supplemented NH 4 which had become extremely congested and accident prone.
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Tips for a safe drive!
The accidents happening on Expressway are mostly attributed to the hilly sections and reckless driving. Even though recent news has reported many cases of accidents on the expressway; these are caused due to natural landslides and human error, and not because of the road’s condition (read-‘potholes’).
Here are some tips which may help if you are a regular commuter:
Traffic density - Hill(ghat) section - BOM to PNQ
Traffic density - Hill(ghat) section - PNQ to BOM
Accelerating the connection of cities like Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Belgaum, Hubli and Bangalore with Mumbai, the expressway has introduced new levels of speed and safety in automobile transportation to Indian roads and its serving citizens, and its still serving very well even after so many years and bad monsoons.
Kudos to the maintenance team!