Advertisement

Updated January 2nd, 2024 at 16:23 IST

PM Modi to inaugurate India's longest sea bridge Mumbai Trans Harbour Link on January 12

CM Shinde highlighted, "The inauguration of the MTHL by PM Modi on January 12 will pave the way for economic growth and development in the surrounding regions."

Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (File)
Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (File) | Image:PTI
Advertisement

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Sunday confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) on January 12, aiming to significantly reduce travel time between Mumbai's Sewri and Raigarh district's Nhava Shewa area. The MTHL, touted as the nation's longest sea bridge, is set to usher in a new era of connectivity.

CM Shinde highlighted, "The inauguration of the MTHL by PM Modi on January 12 will pave the way for economic growth and development in the surrounding regions."

Advertisement

Spanning 21.8 kilometers with six lanes, the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link holds the distinction of being India's longest sea bridge. Approximately 16.5 kilometers of its expanse spans over the sea, while the remaining 5.5 kilometers are on land. Key interchanges are planned at the Navi Mumbai end, connecting to National Highway 4B at Sewri, Shivaji Nagar, Jassi, and Chirle, besides linking to the vital Mumbai-Pune Expressway, which serves as a vital artery between the state's largest cities.

Initiated in 2018, the construction of the bridge faced an eight-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic despite an initial anticipation of opening to the public within eighteen months. Originally slated for inauguration on December 25, the bridge has now successfully cleared load-carrying capacity tests over the last fortnight, poised to welcome vehicular traffic soon. The toll rates for the MTHL route remain undecided, with estimates varying between Rs 350 to Rs 500, as stated by sources within the Maharashtra Government. 

Advertisement

Commenting on the impact, Zakir Shaikh, a Mumbai-based Ola driver expressed optimism about the time-saving benefits of the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link. “This will save travel time. Since the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link will have a digital toll system, there will be no queues at the toll plazas. The toll prices should be much as it won't be helpful for cab drivers, many customers don't agree to pay the tolls.”

Advertisement

Published January 2nd, 2024 at 00:44 IST

Your Voice. Now Direct.

Send us your views, we’ll publish them. This section is moderated.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Whatsapp logo