Longest twin-tunnel on Mumbai-Nagpur expressway to be ready by September

Longest twin-tunnel on Mumbai-Nagpur expressway to be ready by September

The Mumbai Nagpur Super Communication Expressway project, also known as the Hindu Hruday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg has been in the news lately. According to Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), it will be India's fastest highway. It is also designed in a manner to avoid disturbing animal activity in the surrounding areas.

On Tuesday, the team constructing the highway said that they have achieved a third critical 'breakthrough at Igatpuri in Nashik. Following this breakthrough the construction company, Afcons is pinning hope on completing both the tunnels by end of September 2021. 

It is noteworthy that, the third breakthrough on the right-hand side tunnel was completed on Tuesday - three months ahead of schedule.

The development comes over five weeks after the Shapoorji Pallonji Group company notched a breakthrough on June 29 on the 7.78 kms long tunnel and 35 metres wide (17.50 metres in each tube) coming up between Igatpuri (Nashik) and Vashala (Thane) in a hilly forested region

Following the break that the Afcons achieved on Tuesday, the expressway is expected to be partially operational by the end of September. The complete expressway, on the other hand, will be completed by May 2022. 

The 701 km-long east-west expressway will connect Mumbai with Nagpur and seeks to cut down the travel time to half. It currently takes almost 16 hours by road to travel this distance. Once this expressway is operational, it seeks to cut this time to just eight hours. The ₹55,000-crore project will span 700 km with officials saying that the first 520 km of the expressway could be commissioned within the next few months. The highway will cover 10 districts, six talukas, and 392 villages. 

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