19 October 2010 at 23:31
A trip to Goa, Alibaug and even Navi Mumbai will soon get shorter.The state has approved a
Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority(MMRDA) plan to start roll-on-roll-off ferry services from the Ferry Wharf,also known as Bhaucha Dhakka to Mandwa.
It has also given its nod to starting services between Bhaucha Dhakka and spots in Navi Mumbai-likeVashi, Nerul and Belapur.
Estimated to cost around Rs 200 crore,the project will involve designating a channel connecting Ferry Wharf to Mandwa through these services,
which will be able to transport large vehicles and commuters.
Metropolitan commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad, confirmed the development.
A senior MMRDA official on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media said,
“This project will be beneficial to car commuters because it will cut down the travel time and will free up road space in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.”
The state will also involve the Maharashtra Maritime Board who will decide on the exact channel that these services will use,which the MMRDA will then develop and desilt.
The board will also develop the infrastructure necessary for these services.
“This includes developing the jetties, the land around the jetties and ensuring adequate space for the ferries to be docked,”said the official
The MMRDA will draw up plans for these services, which will then sent for environmental clearance. It plans to appoint a private firm to manage and run the operations.
07 October 2010 at 09:05
I don't think bikes have this rule, don't remember A'bad bikers having stickers
06 October 2010 at 11:55
Do you see the Lollipop in the map!!!??
Continue on NH4 on the Bombay bypass, and instead of taking the expressway to Bombay continue on NH4 via Dehu Rad to Talegaon. At Talegaon, turn right onto the Chakan toll road. At Chakan, you will get onto NH50 coming from Pune and proceed to Nashik/Shirdi
No city traffic, no confusion, best solution for someone who is new to the regionHowever, I note that it adds 70 kms more! But that is the price to pay not to get lost inside Pune city!
22 September 2010 at 13:09
he route on the right hand side leads you to KAAS Plateau.
|ly the cop gave me a looka nd let me go seeing my AP
20 September 2010 at 11:13
Any harassment under the pretext that the headlamp has no yellow sticker? I have been harassed by cops inside the city
I was expecting to be stopped for this,but surprisingly nobody stopped me,inspite of clearly seeing it as an AP vehicle or maybe they thouht I am some poor soul who would have nothing for them seeing the car that I drive haha
20 September 2010 at 10:45
ot take the bypass to the right when you come from Kishengarh,it is a serious off-roading stuff on that road.Please go throug Ajmer town.The bypass is a very scary drive and roads are non-existent on many patches and villagers block the roads demanding for money for them to move the stones.Scary
That is quite crazy. The first time I drove on that road, the villagers had blocked the road with stones, and I had to take a sandy trail. My Matiz sank 1 feet into the sand and we had to dig it out!
We came back to Ajmer from Pushkar and we realised our mistake.Its a lovely road through a ghat.Well marked inside the town.And the best part:it is just 10kms to the Ajmer town center.The icing on the cake was the entry into Pushkar,some people claiming they are from the temple authority,stopped our car and demanded 35rs sayin its a temple entry tax and gave us a hand written receipt,whereas on the Ajmer town road we didnt find anything of this sort.So much for religious tourism!!!
Yes even we had to go through narrow alleys and villages on that bypass road as the main road was all waterlogged
P pumps all the way,and most of them accept cards!!
20 September 2010 at 10:08
There is a lovely restaurant/resort just before you enter the NE1 at Vadodara on your left named PLazzo.Lovely place with excellent washrooms.You cant miss it,it is a km before the circle where the left takes you to NH8 and the straight takes you to the NE1.
There are some flyover works in progress after Vapi towards AMD,but after that none whatsoever.The Ankleshwar bridge is still a mess if you reach there early in the morning,while going it was a breeze when we reached there around 1pm.I still dont understand the logic behind having a toll gate immediately after a bridge,because bridges are designed keeping in mind the moving weight that they have to carry and not stationary weight,whereas here all the trucks stop in line on the bridge thereby running a big risk to both the bridges.
That toll gate collects money for the bridge over the River Narmada, this sis different from the highway toll which is collected a little ahead!
understand what I was asking for,by then traffic began to build up and the guy had the cheek to give me the famous chocolate for change,I gave it back and he promptly gave me change!!!
The road towards Mumbai is in a far worse condition as compared to the one going out of Mumbai.Back breaking drive in both directions and the bridge at Ghodbunder junction takes the cake thanks to total mismanagement by the Mumbai Police by haphazardly getting the truck drivers to stop in the middle of the road for document checks etc.
20 September 2010 at 10:03
Btw,do not stop at the Mcdonalds if you are looking for clean washrooms,it doesnt have washrooms,there is one in the mall which is "DIRTY",depend on nature for the breaks!
The CM, SS and NCP have announced openly that motorists that motorists need not pay t in the Bombay-Thane region if roads are bad, and that is happening
Half the traffic jams on the highway junctions happen because of corrupt cops extorting money from hapless truckers
IC Colony,Borivli to Vapi Mcdonalds is exactly 140kms took me 2.5hrs while going and while coming back took me slightly more than 3 hrs.This when after a while I decided to go through the potholes and not avoid them(decided to instil full confidence in my tubeless Goodyears!!)
17 September 2010 at 22:11
"The Mumbai Pune expressway does not have protective guard fencing immediately next to the service lane - has it only in bits and gaps. Ahm-Baroda one has it all throughout".
"I have seen trucks hitting the guard fence but not going over on
the Ahm Baroda road. In M-P road the up and down directions are not also not securely separated. A couple of months back a car going at high speed in the Mumbai direction went over to the other side and instantly killed all the 4 occupants of a Swift. The Ahm-Baroda one has a well divided 10 feet stretch separating the up and down streams".
And inputs from my side, I do the Baroda-Ahmedabad e-way 15 minutes faster than the Bombay-Pune expressway (coincidentally, both are the same distance, 100 kms)
also lonavla ghat takes the xtra time on this route whereas baroda-abad is flat out..
Thumbs up for the BDQ-AMD ew.But lacks on facilities as compared to the MPEW.Ofcourse considering the geographical challenges that the MPEW has to endure,I guess the MPEW is indeed a marvel.
PS:I did the Baroda EW faster than the MPEW,covered 100kms in 50mins and not a jerk,ofcourse this was early morning and no overspeeding at all,just maintenance of constant speed did the trick
13 September 2010 at 22:54
Turning back for his return leg, Ranjit had an excellent drive from Jaipur to Udaipur via Pushkar & Ajmer. Instead of continuing on NH8, he went from Ajmer and joined the GQ's NH79 at Nasirabad and took the Bhilwara-Chittorgarh route instead of the Beawar-Bhim-Nathdwara route
Udaipur lakes are full to the brim.can overflow any moment!All rivers and lakes all over Raj are full.
And do you know, just 1.5 months ago, they were totally empty!
11 September 2010 at 23:45
After completing the Jaisalmer-Jodhpur circuit, Ranjit drove into Jaipur today. He found the Beawar-Ajmer roads terrible, delaying him
Kumar sir how terrible are the Beawar - Ajmer roads and what is the state of Beawar - Jodhpur and Jodhpur - Jaisalmer and Jaisalmer - Bikaner roads ?
Jodhpur-Jaislamer is good, as per Ranjit who drove on it last week. For Jaisalmer-Bikaner, I have no current update but that is not a road that gets affected by rains, it is normally a very good road. I will leave it to Ranjit to reply about the Beawar-Jodhpur road since he has been on it now.
He drove from Jaislamer to Jodhpur - 300 kms in 4 hours. Reports some bad roads en route, but for most part the road is superb.
Enjoying the blazing heat in Jaislamer!
He drove to the border town of Thanot
Drove from Ahmedabad to Jaisalmer via Palanpur, Tharad, Barmer. Great roads, says Ranjit
After spending a week in Bombay, Ranjit who had driven in from Hyderabad, started his Rajasthan trip. After 9 hours,m he stopped at Ahmedabad for the night, and leaves for Jaislamer tomorrow.
Lots of potholes between Bombay and Vapi, but smooth sailing thereafter.
12 September 2010 at 23:27
I drove from Bombay to Pune & back and discovered that when you are coming from Aundh (Pune) to Bombay side, the right turn under Hinjewadi flyover has been prohibited, and all Bombay-bound traffic has to turn left south, go all the way till Sadanand and make a U-turn under the overpass to turn north towards Bombay
However, you still have the signal at the Hinjewadi junction when you return!
Similarly, when you are coming from the south side, you cannot turn right towards Aundh
Maybe it is a better idea to go up the Hinjewadi flyover towards Hinjewadi, make a U-turn there and return to take left turn towards Bombay?
"Coming from Aundh, it might make sense to continue straight at Jagtap dairy and joining the highway via Dange Chowk." , heard on team-bhp
+1 , the jams have indeed gone now. Except for unruly idiots driving at breakneck speed there. One more thing is the signals are still to be followed as the left turn from hinjewadi to mumbai is still open and vehicles coming in from katra...j side tend to overspeed and there could be an accident. Although people dont follow the signals.
Alternatives to get to Wakad , Aundh are go ahead cross the bridge and take the underpass from the wakad turn (either take a U-turn come back on bypass and then take the left to goto aundh or go from Dange Chowk to Aundh)
Vehicles coming from Hinjewadi going to Aundh use the flyover and go straight via Jagtap Dairy etc , Vehicle going to Mumbai no change , take left from below the flyover as usual , vehicles going to Baner / Katraj / Satara side from Hinjewadi side take the Mumbai left get ahead towards the wakad underpass and take a u-turn to get on the opp side of the road.
Proper sign boards are in place for people going to Aundh/ Sangvi from Hinjewadi (on the NH4 as well as the underpass). There is a signal now below the Wakad underpass (road which goes to Dange Chowk , Chinchwad) to facilitate smooth movement of traffic.
Thanks for the detailed info, Jayaram. But I found the sign (for Bombay) at the Sadanand underpass very small, can be missed by anyone who is not familiar with the Pune bypass. Moreover, the sign does not indicate that you must do a U-turn, it is just pointing to go under the pass. But what is most irritating, I once found cops stopping and directing traffic. But I am bemused why they must have the signal now at Hinjewadi flyover, why not take the signals off, now that the right turns are no more there?
Sir, I was not talking about the Sadanand underpass, even if you miss the sadanand underpass and go ahead cross the hinjewadi flyover you have one more underpass ahead from where you can take a U to come back to Wakad / Aundh OR take the left from the underpass to go to Wakad / Aundh via Dange Chowk (Thergaon,Chinchwad).
I agree that the signs are small ,they need to be big and point properly.
The reason the signals still function at the hinjewadi flyover are because the left to Mumbai is still open and plus the octroi post near the signal . People tend to speed if the signal is not there thereby increasing the chances of colliding with a vehicle which is coming from hinjewadi and turning left towards Mumbai from under the flyover.
One more thing is ST/Asiad buses , long distance volvos tend to stop right after the flyover ahead (towards mumbai side) to pick/drop passengers as its the designated spot so the signals make sense there.
is not the word for it and after 10 pm truck traffic
Still authorities charge toll!!!
Toll is for the enjoyment of it all! Don't you pay for those rides in Essel World & Disney Land?
have you ever tried going via vitawa side after 10 pm dont even think of it if u want to be stuck in traffic for at least n hr
I believe the Vitawa bridge road is also very bad. Whenever I want to go that side, I always go via Airoli!
road is gud but very narrow
30 August 2010 at 13:57
They should have made a two way (3 lane each side) tunnel so that the old ghat road stands abandoned or kept for guys who like to have a go at the ghats.
|On the Bombay-Kolhapur-Sawantwadi-Goa road|
26 August 2010 at 13:24On NH17 Bombay-Goa Road, turn off at Kasal (23 kms north to Kanakavali, 39 kms south to Savantwadi, and go to Malvan which is 30 kms to the west. Tarkarli is 6 kms from Malvan town
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09 August 2010 at 15:36
Turn off at Otur towards Kotul when coming from Malshej
Info courtesy Asish Pallod