MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): Maharashtra CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray launched the first Girder of the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) project at Sewri in Mumbai on Jan 15, 2019.
The 22 km long and 6 lanes wide road is going to connect Mumbai to Navi Mumbai which will further connect to JNPT and the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
The first girder was launched in the presence of Minister, Urban Development & Chairman, MMRDA Eknath Shinde, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, R. A. Rajeev and other project officials.
“This project is going to be a boon for the city as it will save fuel & car operating cost, increase ease of transport & connectivity, decongest roads, save travel time & decrease air pollution. Once completed, MTHL will be the longest sea bridge in India”, twitted Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray after launching the first Girdar of MTHL project.
The Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link project was envisaged about 35 years back. The project aims to connect the City of Mumbai with Navi Mumbai. Once completed, MTHL will be the longest sea bridge in India covering a total length of 21.8 kilometres.
The foundation stone for the project was laid down by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 December 2016.
On 9 November 2017, After evaluation of bids received from the 17 out of 29 shortlisted contractors, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had awarded contracts to a consortium of Larsen and Toubro Limited (L&T) and Japan’s IHI Corporation, a consortium of Daewoo and Tata Projects Limited (TPL), and Larsen and Toubro Limited (L&T) to construct the Sewri side of sea bridge, the Navi Mumbai side of sea bridge, and the bridge portion on land towards Chirle respectively.
The contracts between the MMRDA and the L&T-IHI Corporation consortium were officially signed on 27 December 2017. The Larsen and Toubro Limited (L&T) was awarded two contracts – Rs 7,637.3 crores for the 10.38 km package-1 and Rs 1,013.79 crores for the 3.61 km package 3. The contract for the 7.807 km package 2 was signed with Daewoo and Tata Projects Limited at cost of Rs 5,612.61 crores.
The construction of the project was commenced on 24th April 2018. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 14,262 crores. The MTHL sea link will contain a 6 lane highway, which will be 27 meters in width, in addition to two emergency exit lanes, edge strip and crash barrier.