20 October, 2020

Song Of The Road

It's almost a runway, wide enough for an airbus—no longer a tale of burnt clutches, overheated engines, or traffic jams

Jitender Gupta
Song Of The Road
Think about it. You come into the office first thing in the morning, do an hour's work, jump into your car, head to Pune for a lunch appointment and then arrive back at your desk early evening, fresh as a daisy, to wrap up work for the day. Popping down to Pune from Mumbai just like that 11 years ago was unheard of, unless you owned a helicopter or were the prime minister of India, which meant you could close the highway and zip down it until the wheels of your Ambassador fell off. Eleven years ago, driving from Mumbai to Pune for the day meant starting early when it was still dark and, if you were lucky, returning home safely in time for dinner. Eleven years ago there was no Mumbai-Pune expressway. So when this 94-km, 6-lane road was thrown open to motorists in September 2000, it came as a miracle. Arrow straight and wide enough in most parts for an Airbus to land on, this expressway transformed the tortuous Mumbai-Pune slog into the most relaxed driving experience on the subcontinent.

We never had anything like this before and it was a...


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