The National Highways Authority of India has initiated groundwork on the six -laning of Pune-Bengaluru NH- 48 project involving an investment of ₹2,000 crore. The contract for highway building has been awarded to Adani Road Transport Limited, a subsidiary of Adani Enterprises. A team of experts has also arrived at the spot and initiated work of drilling holes alongside the existing highway to collect samples. These samples include the rounded columns of the underground showing the layers of the soil and stones. Based on the analysis, the levels of the road will be decided so will be the steepness and turns.
As per the plan, several bridges will be constructed based on the columns — one of the demands made by the public representatives to ensure that the flooded river water passes from beneath it and the highway remains free for passage for vehicles. Project Director, NHAI, Vasant Pandharkar, informed that the designing of the road project is currently underway. The deadline for the completion of six-laning along with the bridges and culverts and service roads at specific locations is two years. The work has been sanctioned under central government’s Bharatmala Pariyojana.