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To install Brifen Rope Wires on the median of the entire 95-km Mumbai-Pune Expressway stretch another Rs 16.35 crore will be spent. The budget of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) indicates that groundwork for augmenting Mumbai-Pune Expressway’s capacity will not happen this year. But, installation of safety and security systems will not wait for next year.
According to the Corporation, capital expenditure for the 2013-14 fiscal, only Rs 1 crore has been marked for augmentation proposal. The plan includes widening the Expressway and Old Mumbai-Pune Highway, segregate both highways, extend the expressway towards Pune, construction of two tunnels (one below Bhushi Dam) and building 15-20 flyovers.But, the frequency of accidents is a cause for concern, thus installation of surveillance and safety systems will begin this year.
A sum of Rs40 crore has been kept aside for surveillance project on the expressway, said an official from MSRDC. Another Rs16.35 crore will be used to install Brifen Rope Wires on the median of the entire 95-km stretch of the road connecting the two cities.