Updated January 4th, 2024 at 15:09 IST

MTHL: How India's longest sea bridge will change travel in Mumbai | 5 points

One of the most eagerly anticipated projects in the 'city of dreams', the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) is set to open for public on January 12.

Reported by: Ronit Singh
How MTHL Project will change travel in Mumbai? | Image:Republic
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Mumbai: One of the most eagerly anticipated projects in the 'city of dreams', the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) is set to open for public on January 12. Spanning around 22 km, the project will become India's first and the world's 12th longest sea bridge. Apart from connecting Mumbai and its satellite city, Navi Mumbai, the MTHL project will help save time for commuters in many ways. 

Mumbai, known for its dense population, witnesses congestion in local trains and public transport throughout the year. MTHL- the transformative solution, however, is anticipated to significantly alleviate traffic on existing entry points to Mumbai, enhancing overall connectivity. Take a look at how the revolutionary MTHL project will change travel in the Mumbai region. 

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How MTHL will change travel in Mumbai: 5 points

  1. Starting in Sewri, South Mumbai, the bridge traverses Thane Creek, north of Elephant Island, concluding at Chirle village near Nhava Sheva (Navi Mumbai).
  2. The bridge is strategically built to connect key areas such as the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport, JNPT Port, Mumbai–Pune Expressway, and the Mumbai–Goa Highway.
  3. To optimise traffic flow and ensure seamless movement, there are strategic interchanges at Sewri, Shivaji-Nagar, SH-54 in Jasai, and Chirle on NH-348.
  4. The bridge will connect Mumbai and Navi Mumbai in just 20 minutes, which currently takes hours. 
  5. This much-awaited project will reduce travel time between Mumbai and Pune, enabling travellers to reach their destination in just 90 minutes. 

The Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) is anticipated to significantly cut down commuting time between Lonavala, Khandala, and Mumbai by an impressive 90 minutes. This project provides a valuable time-saving alternative for daily commuters. 

During peak hours, traffic congestion is a common problem on the narrow roads in the Nhava Sheva area of Navi Mumbai. Vehicles can often be stuck in traffic for up to 45-60 minutes. The MTHL, however, offers a constructive solution by providing a short 1.5 km detour that allows commuters to bypass these congested areas and avoid unnecessary delays.

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Published January 4th, 2024 at 15:09 IST