Goa and Mumbai will become closer soon as the India’s longest sea bridge- the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) will soon be a reality. The 22 km long bridge will connect the island city to the mainland from Sewri to Nhava Sheva and will significantly reduce the travel time between Goa and Mumbai. Apart from Goa, it will bring places like Pune and Nagpur near to Mumbai. Read SURFACES REPORTER (SR)’s complete report below:
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The construction work of Mumbai Trans Harbour Link was started in 2018 and almost 93 percent construction work has already been completed, as per the report. The project is said to connect South Mumbai with Navi Mumbai Township and will cater to around 70,000 vehicles daily.
Maharashtra government agency implemented the 21.8 km six-lane MTHL project, financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
It has been estimated that once the bridge opens, the travel time from Sewri in central Mumbai to Chirle in Navi Mumbai will take just 15-20 minutes.
The main target with the making of "longest sea bridge in the country" is to improve connectivity in Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The bridge will reduce the traffic congestion in the area and lower the time in reaching Goa and other connected places, while contributing to the economic development.
Moreover, the sea bridge will be the first to have an Open Road Tolling (ORT) system, which will allow uninterrupted traveling as vehicles won't have to stop on the bridge for paying toll. The system is currently used in Singapore, according to the officials of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
MMRDA also successfully launched the first longest Orthotropic Steel Deck (OSD) ,measuring 22 km between Trans-Harbour link between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, and weighted as much as six Boeing aircraft i.e. is equivalent to 2300 metric tonnes. It was launched in package-2 of Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) in January this year.
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