Sion Panvel Highway

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Sion Panvel Expressway
शीव पनवेल महामार्ग
Route information
Maintained by Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation
Maharashtra Public Works Department
Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai
Length: 25 km (16 mi)
Major junctions
West end: Sion, Mumbai Suburban
East end: Mumbai Pune Expressway at Kalamboli junction near Panvel, Navi Mumbai.
Location
States: Maharashtra in  India
Districts: Mumbai Suburban district, Raigad district, Thane district
Major cities: Mumbai, Navi Mumbai
Highway system

The Sion Panvel Expressway is a 25 km Indian highway connecting the Sion to Panvel via Navi Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra.[1] It is one of the busiest and most important roads in the Mumbai Metropolitan Area and connects Mumbai with the city of Pune. National Highway 4 and Mumbai Pune Expressway meet the eastern end of Sion Panvel Highway at Kalamboli junction near Panvel. The highway is also used by vehicles traveling towards Mumbai from Konkan and Goa.

As of September 2014, stretch of the highway east of Vashi Bridge within the city of Navi Mumbai has been fully widened and concretized to 10 lanes (5 lanes in each direction).[2] New flyovers have been built at Sanpada railway station, Nerul, Uran phata and Kamothe. A toll plaza built between Kamothe and Kharghar for recovering the construction cost was controversially opened on January 6, 2015 after much delay[3] as the BJP-led Maharashtra state government admitted that it was not in a position to abolish the toll.[4] Heavy traffic snarls were reported in the initial days as workers of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena vandalized the toll booths.[5] One-way toll for motor vehicles has been set at 30.

Major connections[edit]

Following major highways cross the Sion Panvel Highway

Important destinations[edit]

Sion Panvel Highway serves the following nodes of the city of Navi Mumbai.

Intersections[edit]

Sion-Panvel Highway intersects following important roads.

Widening and Concretization[edit]

Toll Plaza at Taloja
  • The stretch of road from BARC Junction to Kalamboli Junction is about 25 kilometres in length.
  • Total Project cost Rs. 825 Crore (Based on DSR of 2006-2007).
  • Base Construction cost Rs. 675 Crores

The project consists of [6]

  1. Widening of the existing bituminous road to 5+5 lanes with concrete pavements.
  2. Central 3+3 lanes to be access controlled.
  3. The Service roads to be provided whenever required for about 6.29 kilometres.
  4. Provision of signal free passage for through traffic
  5. 3 new Flyovers at Kamothe Junction, Sanpada Junction & Uran Junction.
  6. Duplication of flyovers at Taloja and Chembur Mankhurd Link Road junctions.
  7. Pedestrian crossing Underpasses at 10 locations.
  8. Foot over Bridges at 3 locations.
  9. Geometric Junction improvements as per standards.
  10. Toll plaza at Vashi to be upgraded to 8+8 lanes, Toll fee at prescribed rates (current rate)and Toll period to be quoted by BOT Contractor.
  11. Landscaping / Beautification of entire project corridor including Median plantation, Road side plantation, Landscaping and Beautification below flyovers.
  12. Renovation / upgradation of existing flyovers, structures.
  13. Electrification of entire project corridor.
  14. Operation and Maintenance of Project Facilities up to the end of toll period quoted by BOT Contractor.

Gallery[edit]

Aerial view of a fully concretized 10-lane stretch near Kharghar railway station
Rockfall protection meshing between Nerul and CBD Belapur
Exit sign for Palm Beach Marg at Vashi
Exit sign for CBD Belapur. 
Exit sign for Kharghar. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Katkurwar, Saurabh. (2012-01-06) Sion-Panvel highway to be 10-lane in 3 yrs. Mid-day.com. Retrieved on 2013-12-06.
  2. ^ "Sion-Panvel highway cuts travel time". DNAIndia.com. Retrieved 2014-09-22. 
  3. ^ "Navi Mumbai: New toll naka at Kharghar surprises and angers motorists". MidDay. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  4. ^ "Govt in no position to roll back Kharghar toll plaza: Maharashtra PWD minister". FirstPost.com. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  5. ^ "Kharghar toll booth vandalized, highway witnesses traffic snarls". Hidustan Times. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  6. ^ From May 2014, zip down a 10-lane Sion-Panvel highway - Mumbai - DNA. Dnaindia.com. Retrieved on 2013-12-06.