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High-tech makeover for Mumbai-Pune E-way

High-definition CCTV cameras, display boards with driving tips and road rules, wire-rope safety fence, reflectors illuminating the road all this and more soon to secure the expressway

The much-admired Mumbai-Pune Expressway is set to gather beef, what with plans of laying out latter-day security measures throughout its 95-km stretch. If the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation keeps to the blueprint, the e-way, in the coming months, will be fortified with a full-fledged highway surveillance and safety system, officials said.

Illustrations/Amit Bandre
Illustrations/Amit Bandre

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), appointed by the MSRDC, has been asked to submit the detailed report on the project by month-end. As part of the project, high-definition CCTV cameras will be installed along the entire stretch and Brifen wire-rope safety fence will secure select locations infamous for mishaps.

Speaking to MiD DAY, MSRDC chairman Jaydatta Kshirsagar said, “We have already appointed Pune-based C-DAC to do a thorough survey of the expressway. The agency will study the entire stretch and suggest measures that we can take while supervising the expressway.” The move of keeping watch on the expressway comes in the wake of a spate of accidents that occur here due to speeding. “As part of the highway surveillance programme, advanced gadgets like high-definition CCTV cameras will be installed on the 95-km expressway stretch and keep vigil 24 hours.

They will be set up so as to take clear images of drivers and number plates of vehicles using the highway. The agency that has been appointed will submit to us the DPR by this month end after which we can work out on its implementation,” said Kshirsagar. The feed from the cameras will be monitored by a central control room, which will come up at a spot on the expressway.

The highway traffic police will have access to it. “At present, it is difficult to keep tabs on the vehicles speeding on the expressway which is one of the main reasons for accidents. Once the high-tech HD cameras are installed, not only will we be able to properly monitor the expressway but those driving above the prescribed speed limit will be stopped at the toll plazas and highway traffic police will take action,” said an MSRDC official requesting anonymity.

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As part of highway surveillance, MSRDC plans to set up more gantries (arches mentioning distance) so HD cameras facing both the directions can be mounted on them. It will also be installing Brifen ropes along stretches identified as accident-prone. “The work of installing the Brifen wire-rope fence will be done simultaneously, and tenders will be called accordingly,” the official said.

“Digital display boards will be put up at crucial sites. They will inform motorists about traffic situations, weather updates, dos and don’ts of driving on the expressway, the penalty for speeding, breaching traffic regulations, and so on,” he added. “In order to restrict the speed of vehicles, the MSRDC plans to install rumblers at many locations. And lastly, there will be cat’s eyes lining the road surface, especially at curves, so motorists driving at night can see the route properly,” he concluded.

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