Drove my Force Gurkha on the Samruddhi super expressway: 8 observations
Concrete surface is pretty rough, since the Gurkha comes with AT tyres, the ride was a bit noisy.
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Did our yearly sojourn to seek Sai baba’s blessings with our newly purchased Gurkha. Since the Samruddhi Mahamarg was starting from Shirdi, decided to take this opportunity to cover the stretch:
- Excellent road conditions, seamless joints. The expressway is fully concrete, bridges are tarred.
- Roads are well marked.
- Most petrol pumps from Nagpur to Shirdi are operational (fuel availability). Most petrol pumps stock on wafers, snacks, and machine dispensed tea/coffee. We survived on Haldiram wafers and apple juice.
- Absolutely no wayside amenities available. You can use the washrooms of the fuel stations, no questions asked.
- Concrete surface is pretty rough, since the Gurkha comes with AT tyres, the ride was a bit noisy.
- Saw foxes, langurs, peacocks and stray dogs wandering all over the highway. One needs to be alert as i saw lot of carcasses (dogs).
- The Nagpur entry point is all decked up with laser lights and flowers. One can visit the entry point at night to see the lightings and project presentations, with speakers blaring out songs praising the obvious.
- Saw lot of tyre burst cases and accidents (a completely burnt Duster, an Ecosport with a sheared roof as it ploughed through the barrier, a completely totaled Accent with a missing front end, a truck minus its under carriage)
All in all, it’s a boon for people heading to the Vidarbh.
PS: Also visited Lonar crater for which we took the Mehkar interchange.
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