PMC Plans BRT Route On Old Mumbai-Pune Highway Widening In Khadki

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Pune, 9th January 2024: As the widening project of the old Mumbai-Pune highway progresses, discussions have emerged regarding the implementation of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route through its central section. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is considering this proposal, aiming to enhance public transportation efficiency in the region.

The widening project, currently in full swing, will feature separate lanes designated for Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) buses on both sides of the road. This design eliminates the need for PMPML passengers to cross the road when boarding buses, streamlining the boarding process and ensuring safety.

The Old Mumbai-Pune highway serves as a crucial connection between Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad cities. The particular stretch under consideration for widening is the 2.1 km road in Khadki, within Pune limits, extending from the army premises to Sant Tukaram Maharaj Bridge (Harris Bridge). This section faced an eight-year delay due to challenges in land acquisition from the army.

After successful discussions between the Pune Municipal Corporation, the Pune District Administration, and the Army, the possession of the land was transferred to PMC. In return, the army received 10.58 acres of land from the Divisional Commissioner’s Office in Yerwada. The widening project, spanning 42 meters, commenced last year after the army vacated the site. Currently, 30 per cent of the work has been completed, with the projected completion date set for December 2024.