Maharashtra created history by building the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, India's first six-lane concrete, high-speed, access-controlled and of course tolled expressway. The expressway has reduced the travel time between Mumbai and Pune approximately two hours. It has also ironed all he romance out of the old Ghat drive.
The expressway starts at Kalamboli (near Panvel) and ends at Dehu Rd. (near Pune). It cleaves through the beautiful Sahyadri mountain ranges via tunnels, has five interchanges at Kon (Shedung), Chowk, Khalapur, Kusgaon and Talegaon, two carriageways with three concrete lanes each separated by a central divider and a tarmac or concrete shoulder on either side. Construct by the MSRDC for the state government in March 1997 on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis, it will continue to collect toll for the next 17 years, since it has permission to do so or a total of 30 years.
As for Mumbaikars - we are lovin' it!