It is cloudy and about to rain. The rains this year have been intense and ravaging. A result of climate change perhaps, they have caused floods in many different regions of the country. They have had a chilling effect on many businesses. Many transporters have seen their assets suffer and their operations get adversely affected. Past Panvel, and out on the Mumbai-Goa highway, the traffic is scarce. The recently four-laned stretch leading out of a triangular junction (where one road goes to Pune, and two others to Nhava Sheva port and Goa respectively) is providing the new Mahindra Furio 12 (with a cargo body) enough opportunity to reveal itself. Doing good speeds, it drives past Shirdhon village to hit the rain-ravaged section of Karnala Bird Sanctuary. Taking all that is thrown at it - from potholes, uneven surfaces, rough patches, and patches where the road seems to have simply got washed away in the rains, the truck provides no reason to worry. Quite unlike the slow pace of the CV industry, it continues to drive well.
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