The construction of the sea link is likely to begin by February end. The ambitious MTHL will cut down travel time between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai by 30 minutes. The project includes a six-lane bridge which would be at least 16.5km long creek bridge with 5.5km viaducts on land on either side.

Mumbai : The ambitious 22- kilometer- long Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) is set to cut down travel time between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai by 30 minutes. This bridge is being constructed by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and will be open for public use by 2021.

The project includes a six-lane bridge which would be at least 16.5km long creek bridge with 5.5km viaducts (long bridge-like structure) on land on either side. The link has interchanges at Sewri in Mumbai and at Chirle on NH-4B on Navi Mumbai side.

“This bridge would help in development of Navi Mumbai and part of Raigad District. In addition to this, it would help in faster connectivity with the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) and save commuters time. This will later help in decongesting Mumbai,” said a MMRDA official.

The MMRDA have appointed three contractors for the project work and it would be constructed in three packages of the 22-km-long sea link. The government had decided to implement the project on design basis.

In order to initiate this, a proposal was sent to government of India with the recommendation of Maharashtra government for obtaining Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). “This was essential for the implementation of the project work and the proposal has been included in the Rolling plan of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),” added the official.

The consortium of M/s.AECOM-DAR-PADECO-T.Y. have been appointed as General Consultants for the project. The JICA has agreed to fund 85 percent of the total project cost of Rs 17,843 crore. The consultants appointed by JICA have carried out preparatory survey in April 2015 for the project for appraising the project for JICA and has been completed last year. This survey includes technical study and the environmental and social impact assessment studies.

From January 15 this year, the authorities began the geological survey for the construction of the bridge. This survey is necessary in order to assess the soil before the construction work begins for this project work.

 The survey is being conducted by a team of four contractors who have been finalized for MTHL project. “During the geological survey, the land on which the piers is set to be erected will be assessed to know its feasibility. The soil will also be assessed for its bearing capacity before the construction work begins for the project work,” said Sanjay Khandare, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.

A design based on the results of the geological survey would be prepared by the team of contractors. This design will be used during the actual construction of the sea link which is likely to begin by February end.