Commuters traversing the Pune-Mumbai highway can look forward to some much-needed relief from the persistent congestion in the Bopodi area. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has taken significant strides towards widening the old Pune-Mumbai highway, with a recent operation carried out on May 25 from 8 am to 8 pm resulting in the demolition of 63 properties to pave the way for road expansion.
The demolition drive primarily targeted encroachments along the old Mumbai-Pune Road, allowing the civic body to acquire the cleared land for the widening project. This crucial land acquisition, encompassing a total area of 4979 square meters, had been pending since 2018 as part of the initiative to widen the road.
The operation saw the concerted efforts of 50 officers and 75 laborers who actively participated in the demolition process. Additionally, approximately 450 police personnel, including five police inspectors and 25 officers, were present during the drive to ensure a seamless and organized procedure.
Once the highway widening project is complete in Bopodi, commuters traveling from Babasaheb Ambedkar Road and Khadki Bazaar will experience smoother journeys, bypassing any delays at the congested Bopodi Chowk and directly reaching Dapodi. This development is anticipated to alleviate traffic congestion in the area, enhancing connectivity and overall commuting experiences for residents and travelers.
By successfully completing the land acquisition and subsequent widening of the old Pune-Mumbai highway, the Pune Municipal Corporation aims to significantly improve the commuting experience for all individuals using this vital route.