Maharashtra Chief Eknath Shinde on Wednesday said that the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link bridge will be open for traffic in November this year. He said that 90% of the civil work for the 22-km-long bridge has been completed. Of the 22, 16.5 km-long stretch is above the sea.
The six-lane bridge is being constructed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and is being financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The MTHL, which is a six-lane bridge, will link South Bombay to Navi Mumbai.
What is MTHL?
The 22-km-long MTHL, also known as Sewri Nhava-Sheva Link Road is 16.5km sea bridge and about 5.5 km viaduct on land. It is expected to decongest heavy traffic of the city and will provide gateway to Navi Mumbai International Airport and Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
Once 100% completion is done, it will be the longest sea bridge in the country and the MMRDA had previously boasted that the bridge has 100 years of design life.
Moreover, this sea bridge will have large span orthotropic steel decks of up to 180 mtrs long and of 2,800 Metric tonnes weight. A first-of-its-kind engineering feat.
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