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World's widest tunnel in Maharashtra to bring Mumbai & Pune 30 minutes closer!

Pegged to be Maharashtra's longest tunnel, this 8.92-km long link between Khalapur & Lonavala is expected to be ready by 2023.

Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has hit a major milestone by completing about 50% work of the world's widest tunnel between Khalapur and Lonavala. Pegged to be the state's longest such road, the 8.92 km long tunnel is an integral part of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and is expected to bring the two cities about 30 minutes closer. As per current progress, the tunnel is expected to get ready by 2023.

The missing link plan

MSRDC officials informed that the work of the missing link on the Mumbai-Pune e-way has picked up momentum. This includes the construction of the world's widest tunnel road, with each stretching for about 23m meters in width. The corporation also plans to interconnect the two tunnels every 300 meters to ensure that there is no traffic block in case of emergencies.

With about half of the tunnel construction done, the MSRDC is aiming to start the work on the cable-stayed bridge - another component of the missing link. Noteworthily, the foundation work of this 170-metre bridge has already started. As per reports, the work was first stopped and then delayed here due to the pandemic. However, the missing parcel is now expected to get ready by the next year.

Once the missing link is built, the 19km long Khopoli-Sinhgad Institute section of the Mumbai-Pune e-way will be cut short to only 13.3km. This 6-km crunch, in turn, will reduce travel time by around 30 minutes between the two cities. Besides, the expressway plan further included a road-widening project, from Khalapur to Pune. With this, travellers can easily use the bridge and tunnel that will pass around 150 meters under Lonavala Lake.

- with inputs from Mid Day

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Painting UP Green! Four 'Vedic Paint' manufacturing sites to be set up in the state soon

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