Normal Traffic Resumes On Mumbai-Pune Expressway Following Landslide

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Lonavala, 24th July 2023: Traffic on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway has finally returned to normal after a landslide near the Adoshi tunnel caused a major disruption. Prompt action was taken by authorities to clear the debris, which had led to a significant traffic standstill in the area.

The crucial highway connecting Mumbai and Pune was temporarily closed from 12 noon to 2 PM today to facilitate the clearance work. However, due to unexpected delays during the process, the road remained shut for over three hours. The removal of massive boulders from the mountainside and the installation of safety nets to prevent future incidents resulted in the extension of the closure time.

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After approximately three hours of intensive clearance efforts, the special block on the expressway was lifted, allowing traffic towards Mumbai to resume. The reopening of the highway has brought relief to commuters who had been experiencing slow travel since Sunday night.

Authorities are diligently continuing their efforts to remove rocks and earth from the road, taking necessary precautions to prevent similar occurrences. Netting work is currently underway on the mountainside to mitigate the risk of falling rocks, with dedicated personnel on-site.

The Mumbai-Pune Expressway serves as a vital route for countless citizens traveling between Pune and Mumbai each day. However, the impact of landslides on traffic cannot be understated, as was evident during this incident. Travel in the region had been slow since morning, but the route to Mumbai was finally accessible again at around 3:30 PM.

Starting from last night, the police and the MSRDC administration commenced the arduous task of removing debris from the highway. Additional measures, including ongoing netting work, are being undertaken to ensure the safety of travelers and prevent any further rockfalls. The administration has taken this incident seriously and is making concerted efforts to prevent loss of life and property.

Following the nearly three-hour traffic block, normal traffic flow resumed towards Mumbai. The reopening of the Pune-Mumbai Expressway took nearly three and a half hours after the landslide, reflecting the dedicated efforts made to clear the debris.

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Images of long queues of vehicles stranded during the three-hour expressway closure were captured, illustrating the scale of the traffic disruption. The rockfall near the Adoshi tunnel on Sunday night led to the closure of all three lanes towards Mumbai. Subsequent debris removal efforts allowed the reopening of two lanes by morning. However, to ensure thorough clearance, authorities decided to close one lane from 12 PM to 2 PM


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