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Mumbai-Pune Expressway Missing Link Project Works 40% Complete | News from Navi Mumbai

The missing link tunnel section begins after the Khopoli exit. Additionally, a 1.88 km stretch off ramp is being constructed in Kusgaon.

NAVI MUMBAI: The MSRDC says it has completed 40% of the work on the ongoing missing link project on the Mumbai-Pune expressway, which is being carried out in two batches.
The first batch includes tunnel-1 (1680 meters) and tunnel-2 (8870 meters), thus covering a total distance of 10.55 km, excluding the communication passage every 300 meters. The second lot includes two viaducts of 900 meters and 650 meters, including a cable-stayed bridge, covering a distance of 1.55 km.
MSRDC is realizing the augmentation of Mumbai-Pune expressway from Khalapur toll plaza to Khopoli exit in Bhor ghat section covering 5.86 km, widening the road from six to eight lanes.
The missing link tunnel section begins after the Khopoli exit. Additionally, a 1.88 km stretch off ramp is being constructed in Kusgaon.
The length of the existing Mumbai Pune Expressway from Khopoli Exit to Sinhgad Institute is currently 19 km. This distance will be reduced to 13.3 km after the construction of the proposed missing link and the travel time will be reduced by 20 to 25 minutes, say the authorities of the MSRDC.
An MSRDC official in the Pune office said: “The length of Package-1 being 12.43 km, as it stands, the 2.5 km length of Tunnel-II passes under Lonavala Lake at a depth varying from 75 m to 175 m from the bottom of The proposed level of Viaduct – I is approximately 30 to 35 meters above ground level and the proposed level of Viaduct – II is approximately 130 to 140 meters from ground level of the ground.”
The official added, “In February 2019, MSRDC appointed Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd to launch Missing Link Project Package I at an estimated cost of Rs 2,697.39 crore. Whereas, for Package 2, MSRDC appointed Afcons Infrastructure Ltd in March 2018 for an estimated amount of Rs.1,491.42 crore.”
The official added, “While the deadline to complete the Missing Link Project was March 2023, due to delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the project works were affected. been extended until March 2024″.

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