Mumbai: Your next weekend trip to Khandala or Lonavala is likely to be less harrowing as the state government has banned entry of heavy vehicles on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway to prevent traffic congestion.
The state traffic police have issued a circular that triple-axle vehicles, multi-axle vehicles and over-dimensional carriers (ODC) vehicles have been banned from Khalapur Toll plaza to Urse Toll plaza on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway for seven hours on Fridays and Saturdays and for six hours on Sundays and Mondays.
Referred to as ‘Golden Hours’, the move is aimed to save motorists travelling time on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
According to the circular issued by Additional Director General (Traffic) RK Padmanabhan, the heavy vehicles will be banned between 6 pm to 9 pm on Fridays and between 8 am to 12 pm on Saturdays on the Mumbai to Pune carriageway. While these heavy vehicles will be banned between 5 pm to 8 pm on Sunday evening and between 6.30 am and 9.30 am on Mondays or the next working day on the Pune-Mumbai carriageway.
According to the highway police, ODCs and multi-axle vehicles constitute a small portion of the total number of vehicles that ply on the Expressway, but they cause the most inconvenience, especially in case of a breakdown.