Twin conduits to be built at Rs 700 crore to strip route of accident-prone tag.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is all set to eliminate the accident-prone S-shaped turn near Khambatki Ghat on National Highway 4 by constructing twin tunnels. The construction is expected to commence shortly.
An NHAI official on the condition of anonymity told Mirror, “We have been aware of accidents in the Kambatki Ghat region. We have taken suggestions and complaints from the Satara highway police. To prevent these mishaps, our initial step will be to eliminate the S-turn. NHAI has also proposed a new twin tunnel project which costs around Rs 650-700 crore. We are hopeful that the project will be soon given approval and the work will commence by October. It should be completed in two years.”
Between 2010 and 2018, the ghat has witnessed more than 100 major accidents with 50 people losing their lives on the route which connects Satara to Pune. According to the commuters and Satara police, the Sshaped turn is sharp and has caused many heavy vehicles to lose control.