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’s longest expressway. This will be the first time in the country that an intelligent transportation system (ITS) will be implemented on an expressway for the safety of motorists and to prevent accidents, said officials.

Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is the nodal agency to execute the eight-lane expressway, set to be the fastest in the country with a speed of 150 km per hour, at a cost of Rs 55,000 crore.

Officials said that the funds for the system are being provided through a tied loan from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) of the Republic of Korea.

“The loan is being processed through the Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India and the deal has been already finalised with the Korean government. Soon the agreement regarding the same will be signed between the two countries,” said a senior MSRDC official.

The official further added that Korean consultants and system Integrators have already visited the expressway for a survey and will be installing the most modern traffic management systems. The technology will be initially operated by the Korean company for two years, before transferring it to the MSRDC.

“Vehicle detection, traffic violation control and surveillance, video incident detection, visual messaging service, drone-based surveillance of the route, lane control systems, tunnel management system, weigh in motion, speed and lane enforcement are some of the systems that comprise the transportation system,” said an MSRDC official.

The officials believe that once the technology is installed on the expressway, it will benefit all the other expressways being constructed and operated in Maharashtra as well as other states.

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