Mum-Pune e-way ex­pan­sion in trou­ble? MSRDC hits road­block Da­wood’s nephew gets mar­ried in city, cops keep close watch

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sau­rabh Katkur­war sau­rabh.katkur­war@hin­dus­tan­times.com HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

months of plan­ning a multi-crore project to re­duce con­ges­tion on the Mumbai-Pune ex­press­way, the Ma­ha­rash­tra State Road De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MSRDC) has hit a road­block.

Just as ten­ders were to be is­sued for the ex­pan­sion project, which in­cludes an eight-lane el­e­vated road on the most con­gested stretch of the ex­press­way — from the Kha­la­pur toll plaza to the Khan­dala exit — it has come to light that the plan is not tech­ni­cally fea­si­ble ow­ing to a very steep up slope.

“We have found the gra­di­ent of the ex­press­way af­ter the toll plaza is 5, which makes con­struc­tion of an el­e­vated road tech­ni­cally im­pos­si­ble. Had it been be­tween 2 to 4, the MSRDC could have man­aged con­struc­tion some­how. The con­sul­tant has now been asked to find an al­ter­na­tive,” said a source. Not find­ing one could put the en­tire project on hold, sources said, as this seg­ment is a cru­cial part of the plan to ex­pand the ex­press­way.

The six-lane el­e­vated road is sup­posed to start soon af­ter the toll plaza and con­tinue in the up­ward di­rec­tion be­fore join­ing the pro­posed tun­nel in the Khan­dala Ghat sec­tion. The road was ex­pected to re­duce the rush from both cities..

Da­wood Ibrahim’s nephew got mar­ried at a Nag­pada mosque on Wed­nes­day and the fam­ily hosted a lav­ish re­cep­tion cer­e­mony at a Juhu ho­tel later, but with the po­lice keep­ing a close watch, the event lacked the ex­trav­a­gance as­so­ci­ated with Da­wood fam­ily get-to­geth­ers, sources said.

Alishah Parkar, Da­wood’s sis­ter Haseena’s youngest son, tied the knot with Aye­sha Na­gani, the daugh­ter of a Gu­jarati Me­mon busi­ness­man from Mumbai Cen­tral.

Sources close to the fam­ily told HT the func­tion was kept low-key be­cause of high po­lice sur­veil­lance. The re­cep­tion was re­port­edly streamed over Skype Gang­ster Da­wood Ibrahim’s nephew Alishah Parkar (sec­ond from left) leaves his house for nikah at Ra­sool Masjid in Nag­pada on Wed­nes­day. to Da­wood at his safe house, but care was taken not to stream it di­rectly to the URL Da­wood was us­ing, to dodge sur­veil­lance.

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