Mumbai Pune Corridor (Missing Link of MPEW)

Brief Note for Missing Link of Yashwantrao Chavan Expressway Project

 

            The Mumbai Pune Expressway is presently of 6-lane cement concrete pavement with 2.5m wide paved shoulder on both sides having a length of 94 kms. National Highway No. 4 from Shil Phata to Dehu Road is a 4-lane bituminous pavement with a length of 111 kms.
Mumbai-Pune Expressway and NH-4 meet near Khalapur Toll Plaza and separate near Khandala exit. The section of 7.20 Km from Adoshi Tunnel to Khandala exit is a 6-lane road but the traffic of 10-lane road (6-lane of Mumbai-Pune Expressway + 4-lane of NH-4) is plying in this section. Due to decrease in speed and increase in time of travel in this section & in order to save time, vehicles move at a faster speed on rest of the expressway which has resulted in increase in number of accidents.

            The section from Adoshi Tunnel to Khandala in spite of being a 6-lane road carries the traffic of a 10-lane road. Heavy amount of traffic and landslides causes congestion in this stretch. In 1995, M/s. RITES had carried out feasibility studies for the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and has suggested an alternate route for this Ghat Section.

            MSRDC had appointed a Technical Advisory Committee in order to review the Detailed Project Report submitted by Consultant.  Accordingly, as per suggestions of Technical Advisory Committee alignment of the Missing Link along with Detailed Project Report to be undertaken on EPC mode. The committee approved the alignment and Detailed Project Report. 
            The existing Mumbai Pune Expressway section from Khopoli exit to Sinhgad Institute is presently 19 kms. This distance will be reduced to 6 kms after construction of this new missing link. So, the total length of Expressway from Mumbai to Pune will be decreased by 6kms. Expected reduction in travel time is 20-25 mins.
            Infrastructure Committee, Government of Maharashtra approved the project on cabinet meeting dated 30.11.2015 and administrative approval to the project was received vide Government resolution no. dated 20.09.2016 subject to following details :
<>1.The missing link would comprise of two tunnels, two viaducts with new 8-lane road. 
<>2.Khalapur Food Plaza to Khopoli Interchange will be a new 8-lane road. 
<>3.Cost of Project – Rs. 3,215 crores (according to 2011-12 rates) 
<>4.The concession period for Mumbai-Pune Expressway and NH-4 will be upto 31.07.2035. The present concession eriod of NH-4 has been extended upto 31.07.2035 by Central Government.
<>5.MSRDC to arrange funds for this project and carry out tendering process on international level on EPC mode. 
<>6.To submit the DPR after carrying out Economic Benefit Analysis.