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Mumbai Pune Expressway
Yashwantrao Chavan Expressway
Expressway map
Route information
Maintained by MSRDC
Length94.5 km (58.7 mi)
Existed2002–present
Major junctions
West endKalamboli, Navi Mumbai
East endRavet, Pune
Location
StatesMaharashtra
Major citiesKalamboli, Panvel, Khalapur Khandala, Lonavala, Talegaon Dabhade
Highway system

The Mumbai Pune Expressway (officially Yashwantrao Chavan Expressway) is India's first six-lane concrete, high-speed, access controlled tolled expressway.[1] It spans a distance of 94.5 km connecting Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra state and the financial capital of India, with Pune, the cultural and educational capital of Maharashtra.[2] The expressway, which was fully operationalized in 2002, introduced new levels of speed and safety in automobile transportation to Indian roads.[3] It is one of India's busiest roads.[4]

The expressway starts at Kalamboli in Mumbai and ends at Kiwale in Pune. It cleaves through the scenic Sahyadri mountain ranges through passes and tunnels.[5] It has five interchanges: Kon (Shedung), Chowk, Khalapur, Kusgaon and Talegaon[6] The expressway has two carriageways, each with three concrete lanes, separated by a central divider and a tarmac or concrete shoulder on either side. Pedestrians, two-wheelers, three-wheelers, bullock carts and tractors are not permitted, although tractor-trailers (semi-trailer rigs) are permitted. Vehicles are also prohibited from halting on the expressway.[citation needed] The expressway handles about 43,000 PCUs daily,[4] and is designed to handle up to 1,00,000 PCUs.[5]

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The Mumbai Pune Expressway (officially Yashwantrao Chavan Expressway) is India's first six-lane concrete, high-speed, access controlled tolled expressway.[1] It spans a distance of 94.5 km connecting Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra state and the financial capital of India, with Pune, the cultural and educational capital of Maharashtra.[2] The expressway, which was fully operationalized in 2002, introduced new levels of speed and safety in automobile transportation to Indian roads.[3] It is one of India's busiest roads.[4]

The expressway starts at Kalamboli in Mumbai and ends at Kiwale in Pune. It cleaves through the scenic Sahyadri mountain ranges through passes and tunnels.[5] It has five interchanges: Kon (Shedung), Chowk, Khalapur, Kusgaon and Talegaon[6] The expressway has two carriageways, each with three concrete lanes, separated by a central divider and a tarmac or concrete shoulder on either side. Pedestrians, two-wheelers, three-wheelers, bullock carts and tractors are not permitted, although tractor-trailers (semi-trailer rigs) are permitted. Vehicles are also prohibited from halting on the expressway.[citation needed] The expressway handles about 43,000 PCUs daily,[4] and is designed to handle up to 1,00,000 PCUs.[5]

The expressway has reduced the travel time from Kalamboli in Mumbai to Kiwale in Pune to about two hours. It has largely supplemented the Mumbai-Pune section of NH 48 which had become extremely congested and accident-prone.

The expressway is not part of NHAI highway network NH 48 and has been built, operated and maintained wholly by the Government of Maharashtra via Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation. NH 48 is another separate older national highway.[citation needed]