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The Maharashtra Highway Police has just announced that motorists driving between Mumbai and Pune on the Expressway will be fined an amount of Rs 1,000 for overspeeding between the Urse and Khalapur toll plazas, starting 1 August this year.
The Urse and Khalapur section of the expressway is a 50 kilometer stretch, and is the best section of tarmac across the highway connecting the two cities. The six-lane section of the highway has become a dangerous section thanks to overspeeding of many vehicles that use the route.
The Highway Police has set a speed limit of 50kmph for the Urse and Khalapur ghat section of the highway. Vehicles following the speed limits will take 37 minutes to complete the 50km between the two toll plazas. The Police said they would fine every motorist that completes the section in under 37 minutes.
Speed limits for the 15km long ghat section stands at 50kmph, and the remaining 35km allows for commuters to drive at up to 100kmph. The police said that repeat offenders would be charged a premium.
The Highway Police's CCTV camera system monitors and registers every vehicle that passes through the toll plazas. They said they will monitor entry and exit time stamps of all vehicles and send e-challans to those found violating speeding restrictions.
The Highway Police also said that if the model was successful, the system would be implemented across all state and national highways in the country.
The Mumbai Pune expressway is among the busiest roads in the country. It stands 94.5km long and connects Kalamboli in Mumbai and Kiwale in Pune. The expressway is an independent network that has been built and is operated by the Government of Maharashtra.
The Mumbai Pune expressway is not part of National Highway 8 that has been built and is operated by the National Highways Authority of India. The original highway between Mumbai and Pune is part of NH8, and is used primarily by motorcyclists travelling between both the cities.
The expressway is one of India's most dangerous roads and reported 39 deaths during 2019 - 35 of which were reported on the Mumbai to Pune side of the highway.
Thoughts About The Fines To Be Collected For Over-Speeding On The Mumbai Pune Expressway
We think the idea is fantastic but feel the amount of fines being levied should be increased. India generally does not care too much for fines that are fairly low in value. Having said that, we're trying to comprehend the idea of having to calculate overspeeding via timestamps. It can't be hard to install speeding cameras across the highway.