The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has taken a significant step forward in enhancing the efficiency and safety of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway by submitting a comprehensive proposal to the state government.
Pending approval, this ambitious project could commence within a year and will be executed in two distinct phases.
The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, spanning a length of 94.5 kilometers, was inaugurated in 2002 with the primary aim of reducing the travel time between Mumbai and Pune. This monumental infrastructure achievement successfully shortened the journey from a grueling four to five hours to a mere two to two and a half hours, cementing its status as the state’s vital and busiest roadway.
Currently, it accommodates an astounding daily traffic volume of approximately 155,000 vehicles. However, with an anticipated surge in vehicle numbers in the coming years, the expressway is teetering on the brink of insufficiency. In response to this impending challenge, the pressing need to upgrade the six-lane road to an eight-lane configuration has become evident.
The escalating vehicle density has precipitated severe traffic congestion and heightened concerns about potential accidents on this vital route. In light of these issues, the MSRDC has made the resolute decision to expand the expressway to eight lanes.
Anil Kumar Gaikwad, Joint Managing Director of MSRDC, has recently conveyed the proposal to the state government for approval.
While eagerly awaiting the green light from the state authorities, MSRDC has laid out an ambitious timeline for completing the expressway’s expansion. With a goal of enhancing safety and efficiency, the project is expected to be concluded by 2027-28.
This development is poised to usher in a new era for the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, ensuring it remains a critical lifeline for commuters in the region.