Heavy Vehicles Banned on Pune-Mumbai Highway through Lonavla to Curb Traffic Woes

Heavy Vehicles Banned on Pune-Mumbai Highway through Lonavla to Curb Traffic Woes

Heavy Vehicles Banned on Pune-Mumbai Highway through Lonavla to Curb Traffic Woes

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In a bid to alleviate chronic traffic congestion and reduce accidents, authorities have imposed a permanent ban on heavy and bulky vehicles from 6 am to 10 pm along the old Pune-Mumbai National Highway as it passes through Lonavla city. This decision aims to address the frequent jams and fatal incidents exacerbated by the influx of tourists, particularly on weekends and holidays.

Lonavla, a popular tourist destination, witnesses a surge in visitors on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays, significantly increasing traffic flow on the national highway. The presence of heavy vehicles has worsened these issues, leading to road blockades and public protests urging authorities to take action.

The ban, enforced by the district collector following a proposal from local police, directs heavy vehicles to divert via the Manashakti Research Centre to the expressway, bypassing Lonavla entirely. Additionally, heavy vehicles destined for Khandala are also prohibited during restricted hours to further ease congestion.

Previously, a partial ban failed due to ambiguity over the definition of ‘heavy vehicles’, allowing many large trucks and containers to continue using the route. Responding to this, Lonavla police revised their demands for a clearer, more enforceable ban covering all heavy and bulky vehicles from Manashakti Research Centre to Khandala Battery Hill.

This recent order, effective immediately, highlights a commitment to safer and smoother traffic flow through Lonavla. Violators of the ban will face strict penalties, underlining the seriousness with which authorities are addressing these traffic management issues. Additionally, measures such as signage installation and enhanced enforcement are being implemented to ensure compliance and enhance road safety in the region.

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