Motorists using the Mumbai-Pune Expressway will have to drive with extreme caution while passing through the Khandala tunnel, as the authorities will be initiating maintenance work on a 300-metre stretch from today to March 11. During this period, one of the three lanes will remain inaccessible for the motorists.
A major landslide near the Adoshi tunnel in Khopoli on July 19, 2015, left one person dead and two injured. Pic/PTI
Speaking to mid-day, an Expressway control staffer said, “The maintenance work will be taking place at the Khandala tunnel — on a 300-metre stretch — where there are potentially loose boulders and scree. The repair work will commence from Monday and go on till March 11. To ensure that motorists aren’t inconvenienced, only one of the three lanes will remain shut during this time. In case of jams, traffic will be diverted to the old Mumbai-Pune highway. We suggest motorists drive slowly while passing through the tunnel. The work site will have adequate lighting and manpower, generator back up, an ambulance and a fire tender to tackle an untoward incident if any. Signboards will also be installed to caution the motorists.”
With one of the three lanes blocked for executing the repair work, ugly traffic jams are expected on the Expressway, especially during peak hours. File pic for represenatation
Call and confirm
To ensure that your commute isn’t marred by rumours about detours and disasters, call 9822498224 before using the Expressway.