Mumbai-Pune Expressway “Missing Link” Project Nears Completion Despite Challenges, Deadline Postponed To March 2025 

Mumbai-Pune Expressway "Missing Link" Project Nears Completion Despite Challenges, Deadline Postponed To March 2025 

Mumbai-Pune Expressway "Missing Link" Project Nears Completion Despite Challenges, Deadline Postponed To March 2025 

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The Mumbai-Pune “missing link” project, crucial for enhancing connectivity between the two cities, is nearing completion, though its deadline has been extended to March 2025. Initially budgeted at Rs 6,600 crore, the project was slated for completion by March 2024, later revised to January 2025, and now further extended due to complexities in execution.

Anilkumar Gaikwad, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of MSRDC, highlighted the project’s unique challenges, including the construction of a cable-stayed bridge towering nearly 100 meters over the Khandala Valley. This bridge is part of a 13-km stretch starting from Khopoli, bypassing the existing expressway with an 840-meter viaduct and an 8.9-km tunnel, emerging near the Sinhgad Institute.

Gaikwad emphasized that work continues cautiously to minimize traffic disruptions on the busy Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Despite facing difficulties, such as monsoon constraints and technical complexities, progress remains steady.

The “missing link” aims to reduce travel time between Khopoli and Sinhgad Institute by 5.7 km, saving commuters 20-30 minutes by bypassing steep slopes and the ghat section. Once completed, it is expected to transform the expressway into a zero-fatality corridor and mitigate traffic gridlocks during the monsoon caused by falling debris near Khandala.

Motorists can look forward to smoother travel with speeds up to 120 kmph, avoiding the current ghat roads. The project signifies a significant infrastructural leap, promising safer and faster travel experiences between Mumbai and Pune.

While facing setbacks, the Mumbai-Pune “missing link” project remains steadfast in its goal to enhance regional connectivity and safety, poised to redefine travel between these two bustling cities upon its scheduled completion in 2025.