No Covid-19 impact on MTHL project: Maharashtra Urban Development minister Eknath Shinde 

Shiv Sena leader and Minister for Urban Development Eknath Shinde on Friday said that the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Project (MTHLP) would be completed in time, adding that no deadline extension has been given to the project.

“We are hopeful that the completion target would be achieved by September 2022. This is a very prestigious project for us. Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, there were challenges as well but that has not impacted the project at all,” Shinde said.

The Urban Development Minister, along with the MMRDA Commissioner RA Rajeev, visited the site and shared details about the ambitious project.

Here’s what you should know about MTHL:

Name: Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Project (MTHL)

Implementing Agency: Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA)

Loan Assistance: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Project Cost: Rs 17,843 crore

Total length: About 22 km (about 16.5 km sea bridge and about 5.5 km Viaduct on land)

Lane configuration: 3 plus 3 lane, plus emergency lane on each carriageway

Interchanges: Sewri Interchange on Mumbai side and Shivaji Nagar Interchange and Chirle Interchange on Navi Mumbai side

Date of commencement: March 23, 2018

Expected date of completion: September 2022 (54 months)

The MMRDA said that nearly 50 per cent of the work has been completed for what would be India’s longest sea bridge when completed. Around 6,000 workers are at work at a given time trying to achieve the stipulated deadline. MMRDA added that India’s longest sea bridge in the making will be a world-class infrastructure but for the agency, there were many challenges from the start. Preservation of flamingoes, mangroves and water bodies along with taking care of environmental aspects the agency had to make its way through all the possible hurdles.

Speaking to India Today TV, MMRDA Commissioner RA Rajeev said, “In addition to the environmental challenges, we faced a lot of technical challenges as well here. Then there was the challenge of the utilities flowing inside the water like the various oil pipelines. Concern for the mangroves and flamingo was there and then we had to see that there should not be water and air pollution as well. There was concern that there shouldn’t be any vibrations, hence we made use of German technology as well in the drilling of pillars.”

The MMRDA commissioner also added that there were many sensitive locations around the bridge that had to be protected and all care was taken during the project development course.

The project engineers believe that the project will reduce the travel time from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai. They approximate that there will be travel time will be reduced by 40 minutes and that around 1 crore litres of petrol and diesel would be saved every year.

On an ambitious note, MMRDA chief said that by 2030 one could expect a signal-free ring road around the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

“Apart from this project there is Worli-Sewri connector and the work orders have been given for the same and construction would soon start. Then there is the coastal road and the Bandra Worli sea link. And then MSRDC is going to connect another sea link up to Versova. Further, there is the coastal road project till the Bhayander creek. It’s still on the drawing table. Furthermore, there is the Vasai creek bridge that will take you to Virar. From there the Multi-model corridor will start which will take you to Navi Mumbai from where you can again ride the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Project.” he said.

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