New Route to Enhance Pune Airport Connectivity: Vimannagar to Lohegaon Exit Set to Open Soon

In a bid to streamline traffic and enhance connectivity, a newly constructed 200-meter-long and 24-meter-wide alternative route linking Mhada Colony in Vimannagar to the Lohegaon airport exit gate is poised to become operational within a week.

The innovative initiative seeks to alleviate congestion on the existing road connecting the airport to the Pune-Ahmednagar highway near the Ramwadi underpass. This alternative route will serve as a viable option for travelers heading towards Mundhwa, Kharadi, Wagholi, Hadapsar, and surrounding areas.

Santosh Dhoke, Pune airport director, emphasized the benefits of the new route, stating, “The road will provide flyers with a separate exit route, reducing delays caused by traffic jams. The dedicated stretch will enhance connectivity to the Pune-Ahmednagar road, with the Indian Air Force (IAF) generously providing land at a minimal annual rent for the project.”

With Pune airport currently handling over 30,000 passengers daily, including more than 500 international travelers, traffic congestion has been a significant concern. The new route, sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Defence on September 19, 2022, allows Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to work on connecting the proposed road on 0.58 acres of its land at a nominal annual license fee.

PMC section engineer Sunil Mule provided insight into the construction details, explaining, “The stretch adheres to conditions set by the defence ministry, including the construction of 10-foot walls on both sides for security. Additional measures, such as barbed wire fencing, are currently in progress. Once the remaining work on pavements, pipes, and cables is completed, the road will be open to the public.”

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