The Nashik unit of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has sought the opinion of experts from Mumbai to examine the cracks that have developed at Kasara Ghat on the Mumbai-Nashik National Highway.
NHAI project director Bhausaheb Salunke said the experts have examined the cracks and they will bereturn a week later, once the rain subsides, to give their opinion on increasing the stability of the road along the Ghat section.
Meanwhile, the damaged section will continue to be cordoned off until the repair work is complete, said Salunke. The cracks were developed in July on the highway towards Nashik from the Mumbai side. Soon after the cracks were observed, NHAI filled the cracks but secured the damaged section of the road with barricades so that no vehicle could pass over the damaged section until the permanent repair works were taken up.
However, due to the incessant rain over the past few days in the Igatpuri-Kasara region, the cracks deepened further a couple of days ago. After that, the NHAI sought the opinion of experts for increasing the stability of the road, which is vulnerable to damage.
The Mumbai-Agra highway is one of the busiest national highways in the country as thousands of vehicles including trucks, containers and trailers ply on it every day.