MSRDC officials said that widening of the highway has also been proposed in some areas. One of the major works will be undertaken on the Nigdi-Dehu Road stretch, where the highway will be widened to 30 metres.
The seven-km stretch of the highway from Nigdi in Pimpri-Chinchwad to Dehu Road is accident-prone because of its narrow width of less than 15 metres. The entire stretch passes through the Dehu Road cantonment limits. A number of government residential colonies, defence establishments, the central school and dense residential and commercial areas are located along the highway. The highway stretch from Nigdi to Dehu Road has avery sharp turn near the Dehu Road octroi post where a number of trucks are parked, making the spot accidentprone. A number of fatal accidents have taken place on this stretch as there is no divider along the highway. MSRDC officials said that only a four-lane highway has a divider for smooth and safe movement of traffic.
Meanwhile, from Dehu Road onwards, the highway has been widened to four lanes. Just as the expressway, the highway too is a toll road. The MSRDC has already proposed to augment the capacity of the expressway to meet the requirements of increase in vehicular traffic in the future. It has also proposed to have a separate bypass in the ghat section for the expressway.