<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has shot down a proposal of the State Highway Police to have speedbreakers on the 94-km-long Mumbai-Pune Expressway in order to over speeding of vehicles and curb accidents.The MSRDC has said that having speed breakers on the Expressway would indeed cause more accidents due to abrupt slowing down of vehicles.A senior MSRDC official said, “In the ghat section there are steep curves and blind spots, and to have speed breakers on these stretches will be disastrous. We have informed the state highway police about there being no possibility of having speed breakers on the Expressway.””We cannot have speed breakers when the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been removing them from highways under its control for accidents due to speed breakers, which result in deaths and grievous injuries,” the official added.The State Highway Police had also requested MSRDC to hand over space on several bridges on the Expressway for installation of speed limit signs. However, MSRDC shot down that proposal too. “We are earning around Rs 15 crore annually by leasing out space on those bridges and there is option for the highway police to install awareness hoardings on the Expressway,” he said.The maximum speed limit on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway is 80 kmph and it is the first ever Expressway constructed in India that witnesses thousands of accidents every year resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries.On an average around 50,000 vehicles ply on the Expressway daily and this also includes heavy ones. Currently, the MSRDC is in the process of changing the cement panels on the Expressway due to cracks that have developed or widening the main carriageway.
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