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Old 27th September 2006, 20:47   #1
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It turns out that the tunnel was opened only temporarily to allow repairs to be carried out to the old Katraj tunnel. There's no ventilation yet in the new tunnel, and that's being done now. Its not clear when the new tunnel would be opened permanently.

I heard from a friend that it was possible to use the new tunnel even before it opened temporarily - by paying the official guarding it some twenty odd bucks. This may still be the case .

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Old 27th September 2006, 22:38   #2
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Saw an ad from NHAI asking people to refrain from using the new tunnel as it was not safe yet for traffic.

Do pay heed and stay away from the new tunnel until it is declared safe.

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The biggest problem with the new tunnel is the lack of ventilation. If at all anyone does decide to use it, it would be vital to have the windows rolled up and the AC on.

I agree with Rahul - avoiding the tunnel is best. Hopefully it won't be long before it is "officially" open.

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The tunnel will be opening officially in another 15 days.. the news has come in the newspaper...
Yes it was opened because the ghat section was so bad that there was no way to repair it without have to divert the traffic thru the tunnel..
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just came to mahabaleshwar yesterday.. the tunnel isnt open yet..
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Think the tunnel is open now.However can anyone else also confirm.

GTO perhaps after your panchgani trip you will be able to help.

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The Katraj bypass tunnel is open for the last few weeks. Unfortunately, the South side (towards Satara) is a total mess and I got jammed for over 45 minutes in the 1/2 km stretch leading to the tunnel simply because there is some repair work going on in the road climbing up to the Katraj Pass (which is also the common road to reach the tunnel). The tunnel reduces your travel time by over 20 minutes and without any tension.
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