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Updated December 27th, 2023 at 13:51 IST

Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Road passes crucial load test

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has taken a significant step toward realising the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, the longest sea bridge.

Reported by: Manasvi Asthana
Trans Harbour Link Road
Trans Harbour Link Road. Representative image. | Image:Unsplash
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The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has taken a significant step toward realising the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), the longest sea bridge in the country, by successfully conducting a load test on the bridge. Despite the assertion that the bridge would be ready for public use by December 25, work on the bridge is ongoing.

“The MMRDA has carried out the load-carrying capacity test on the MTHL. Dumpers and other heavy vehicles were parked on the bridge for a certain amount of time,” said an official from the MMRDA.

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Original opening date

Upon the completion of this test, the MMRDA's engineering wing were supposed to proceed with the approval for the opening of the bridge. Earlier, MTHL was supposed to open on December 25. Nevertheless, the MMRDA, responsible for project implementation, stated last month that despite being 97 percent complete, the remaining work would not be finished by then.

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Toll collecting planning

Reports suggest that, despite the MMRDA's suggestion of a one-way toll of Rs 500, the state government has proposed a one-way toll of Rs 350.

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The final decision on the matter is anticipated to be made soon by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who serves as the head of the urban development department and is the MMRDA chairman.

The MTHL, officially named Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Trans Harbour Link and also known as Sewri-Nhava Sheva Trans Harbour Link, is projected to cater to approximately 70,000 vehicles daily.

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Bridge structure

The MMRDA serves as the governing body for the MTHL project.

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The 21.8-kilometer six-lane access-controlled bridge, connecting Sewri in Mumbai to Chirle in Navi Mumbai, encompasses three interchanges.

The MTHL project features three interchanges:

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Sewri in south Mumbai, linking the MTHL to Eastern Freeway (Mumbai side); 
Shivaji Nagar in Ulwe, connecting MTHL to the Navi Mumbai Coastal Road Project; 
Chirle interchange, where one arm will link to State Highway-54, and the second arm will connect to NH4 Mumbai Pune Highway.

It is 21.8 km in length and can accommodate 70,000 vehicles on daily basis.

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Published December 27th, 2023 at 13:51 IST

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