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The longest tunnel in Maharashtra to be ready in a year will cut travel time between Mumbai and Nagpur by 1 hr.

The longest tunnel in Maharashtra to be ready in a year will cut travel time between Mumbai and Nagpur by 1 hr.

The tunnel is part of the Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway and is spread in Thane and Nashik districts. Once completed, it will be Maharashtra's longest road tunnel.

The tourist spot of Igatpuri in Nashik district is around 120 kilometers from Mumbai will soon have another exciting attraction in Maharashtra's longest road tunnel, measuring an estimate of 7.78 kilometers.

The duo tunnel with lengths of 7.78 km and 7.74 km on the left and the right is 60 percent completed. The project is spread in Nashik and Thane districts and brings good news for the people traveling from Mumbai.
Once the tunnel becomes operational, it will help reduce vehicular overcrowding at Kasara Ghat and allow commuters to save one hour of travel time.

The project is named 'Package 14'. It is a crucial part of the 16 packages that the Maharashtra government has planned for its ambitious Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway project called 'Hindu Hurudaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg.'

Afcons Infrastructure is in control of constructing the tunnels.

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The tunnel was require owing to the level difference between the two towns. "The two places have a level difference of nearly 350 mtrs. Plus, the area has a hilly terrain. Hence, a tunnel was proposed." said Shekhar Das, Project Manager, Afcons Infrastructure, said while speaking to India Today TV,

He said several hairpins bends in the Kasara Ghats area due to terrain increases significantly increases travel time. Just crossing Kasara Ghat takes an hr.

Das said 

"The distance will be covered in just five minutes, once the tunnel is completed, " 

The work at the vital tunnel continued even during the peak of the Covid pandemic. Talking about the multiple problems that the ground forces had to face, a crucial time during the pandemic includes spreading awareness among the nearby habitant. Said Satish Paretkar, Director and Business Unit head, Hydro and Underground work, Afcons Infrastructure.

he said.

"We organized well in first and second covid waves. Intruder were restricted to break into working areas. The villagers were made aware of the current situation and after that to committed on vaccination of workers. All workers are vaccinated as of today. Hence, the work is continuous with the full force," 

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Short tunnel during an emergency: 26 passages of 44.16 m each
Toll plaza: Interchange at one location
Work completed so far: 60 percent (87 percent of tunneling complete; 85 percent of substructure work done)
Meantime, once the Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway is completed, commuters will cover up the distance of 701 km between Nagpur and Mumbai with the span of eight hours. Travel time between Mumbai to Aurangabad will be reduced to four hours and from Aurangabad to Nagpur another four hours.

The expressway and its network will encourage overall tourist development connecting various tourist spots like Shirdi in Ahmednagar, Verul in Aurangabad, Lonar in Buldhana, Ajanta in Aurangabad, and many among others Officials said

The expressway is expected to increase economic activity in parts of the Vidarbha and Marathwada regions.

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