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Considered one of the longest tunnels in India’s Maharashtra state at Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Bhatan Tunnel is named after the village Bhatan Pada located nearby it. This tunnel has distinction of being the longest one on this highly rushed Expressway which links the two major cities of this state.
Opened in April 2000, this tunnel is of tube 1,053m at Mumbai-Pune (North) and tube 1,088m long at Pune-Mumbai (South). The MSRDC maintains this tunnel since opening. Geographically it coordinates at 18°55'2"N 73°10'27"E. The cities located nearby this tunnel are Neral, Khopoli and Badlapur amongst others.
Purpose of Tunnel
The purpose behind the construction of Bhatan Tunnel was to develop Bhatan-Twin Tube Tunnel in the region to benefit Maharashtra in many contexts. Its construction played important role to smoothen operation of the Konkan Railway Zone and which benefitted directly. Its construction involved large number of workforce and their dedicated team work for the completion of this project.
What makes the construction of Bhatan Tunnel so special? Constructed nearby the Bhatan Pada village of Maharashtra state’s Raigarh District, this tunnel was built with several important scopes. Tunnel excavation completed through rock bolting process and so were effectively incorporated drilling and grouting tasks to construct this tunnel. Such operations made the construction easy as such extent of planning eased steel fibre reinforcement and placing plus various types of other ancillary works got completed in the due course of its construction.
Progress of the Project
Ever since this project was started, constant efforts were done to make best use of the resources to turn it completely successful. The salient features of Bhatan Tunnel include Pune end length of Ch. 6,780m to 7,268m as the left tube while Ch. 6,780 to 7,310 488m is Right tube. Its 530m outside perimeter and 31.11m excavation area makes it important one. 145.14m2 is its cross section maximum width while 17.6m is the maximum height. Its 9.47m basalt type rock purpose makes it integral part of Mumbai-Pune expressway as one of the major linking projects. This tunnel therefore remains an important linking project in this region and so does it prove helpful in the developmental initiatives to fruition the success story of this region.