PCMC plans link road to Mumbai-Pune Expressway
Waking up to the need for a direct and easy link road to the Pune-Mumbai expressway from the Pimpri-Chinchwad township, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has proposed a six-km road from Nigdi to Kivale junction.The new road will be 45 metre wide and will also have lanes for running the bus rapid transit system, civic officials said. The road will start from the Bhakti-Shakti garden along the Mumbai-Pune highway in Nigdi. Parts of the proposed road will run parallel to the railway line to reach Kivale junction, the starting point of the expressway.As of now, there is no direct and easy link to the expressway from Pimpri-Chinchwad. State transport buses from Pimpri-Chinchwad to Mumbai travel via the highway stretch and catch the expressway at Somatnephata near Talegaon. For private vehicles, there are some alternate routes, such as the road from Chinchwad (Valhekarwadi) to Kivale (via Ravet), and the other road via Thergaon and Wakad. However, these roads are not direct routes to the expressway.Apart from benefiting state transport buses and motorists, the new road will also benefit goods and industrial transporters which have their offices at the transportnagari at Nigdi.According to civic officials, a rail overbridge has also been proposed near Akurdi along the proposed road for crossing the railway line. The proposal has been included in the comprehensive mobility plan of the PCMC. However, financial estimates for the road and the railway overbridge are yet to be calculated. Once the CMP is approved by the Central government, the road will be completed in two years time.The new road will also serve as a link between Kivale and the Talawade industrial area, the officials added. Incidentally, the corporation has also decided to widen and reconstruct a road between the temple towns of Dehu and Alandi. A spine road between Nigdi and Moshi will connect the Pune-Mumbai highway with the Pune-Nashik highway.
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