State Government to construct eight-lane tunnel between Turbhe-Kharghar

Due to the long traffic jams during the peak hours at morning and evening on the Sion-Panvel Expressway, the state government has decided to construct the tunnel

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Navi Mumbai was built with a vision to create space for Mumbai residents but over the years, the number of cars and people in Navi Mumbai has seen an exponential growth. This has eventually led to the need for an alternative for public transportation option as the current Sion-Panvel Expressway is unable to handle the crowd.

Keeping this in mind, the state government has decided to construct a six-km long tunnel connecting Turbhe and Kharghar. The eight-lane tunnel will save two hours of travelling for the commuters and will also assist in managing the daily traffic on the Sion-Panvel Expressway.

This planned Expressway is used by Belapur-Thane commuters and also the ones who commute between Pune and Mumbai. This causes long traffic jams during the peak hours in the morning and evening, leading to a time-consuming journey for the passengers heading to Pune, Nashik and Goa. To solve this issue, the state government called a meeting of its Infrastructure Committee who suggested the development of a new tunnel.

The state government has started the preliminary work for the eight-lane Turbhe-Kharghar tunnel. The six-km-long route will also connect Sanpada, Nerul, and Belapur along with being a conjecture for Turbhe and Kharghar. The responsibility to construct the road has been handed down to Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and it will receive assistance from CIDCO and Industrial Development Corporation.

Officials will begin the construction work as soon as the preliminary work of verifying the technical and financial availability is completed.

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