Pimpri, 8th June 2023: In an effort to tackle the traffic congestion on the Pune-Nashik highway, an ambitious ‘Elevated Corridor’ project is being proposed under the guidance of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. The plan entails the construction of an eight-lane wide highway, taking into account the projected increase in traffic over the next 50 years.
The aim is to expedite the completion of the project within the designated timeframe, ensuring smooth traffic flow and alleviating congestion. BJP city president and MLA Mahesh Landge emphasized the need to address traffic congestion not only on the highway but also on the metro and internal roads.
A comprehensive presentation was delivered by the National Highways Authority of India, focusing on the existing traffic congestion and future planning in the Bhosari, Kasarwadi, and Moshi areas along the Pune-Nashik highway, which passes through the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. The event witnessed the presence of MP Shrirang Barane, MLA Ashwini Jagtap, MLA Uma Khapare, BJP Chinchwad Assembly Election Chief Shankar Jagtap, PCMC Commissioner and Administrator Shekhar Singh, as well as officials from various departments.
The proposed project entails the construction of an eight-lane road from Nashik Phata to Moshi on the highway. It includes upgrading the existing road to a 4/6-lane configuration with a 2-lane service road on both sides. Additionally, an 8-lane ‘elevated flyover’ will be constructed at Tier-1, supported by a single pillar. The presentation showcased the ‘elevated corridor’ spanning a distance of 29.81 km from Nashik Phata to Khed, passing through the Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal limits. The plan incorporates an 8-lane road, a double-decker metro line, service roads, and ramps.
Presently, the Moshi area witnesses a daily traffic volume exceeding 96,000 vehicles, while Khed sees over 67,000 vehicles daily. The project aims to accommodate the projected increase in traffic in the future. Once completed, the elevated corridor will facilitate the seamless flow of more than 670,000 vehicles daily through Moshi. Officials from the National Highways Authority of India have claimed that the capacity of the Pune-Nashik elevated corridor would exceed 397,000 vehicles per day, taking into account the surrounding villages.
The development of the Pune-Nashik highway has been a long-standing commitment under ‘Vision-2020.’ However, due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, subsequent lockdowns, and changes in the state government, progress on the project has been delayed. With the formation of a BJP-Shiv Sena grand coalition government in the state, it is expected that the project will now be expedited and completed within the stipulated timeframe.
During the presentation, Mahesh Landge, City President and MLA of BJP in Pimpri-Chinchwad, urged the relevant authorities to plan for the next 50 years and initiate the tender process without delay.
‘Road Ramp’ Facilities to Benefit Local Commuters…
Upon the completion of the Pune-Nashik highway’s elevated corridor, vehicles traveling from Pune to Chakan will have a clear route. Moreover, local commuters traveling from Nashik Phata to Moshi will benefit from ‘road ramp down’ facilities at designated locations. Similar provisions will be made for those commuting from Moshi to Nashik Phata. Additionally, a direct route will be available from Pune Airport to Chakan, enhancing connectivity in the region.