Last Updated on 12th January 2024
On January 12th, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, also known as the Atal Setu Bridge. The bridge is considered the longest sea bridge in India, spanning 22 km. The six-laned bridge is set to significantly reduce travel time between Sewri and Chirle to under 20 minutes.
Atal Setu, with an estimated project cost of USD 2.5 billion, aims to address persistent traffic issues by offering a quicker and more efficient route for daily commuters in Mumbai.
The primary objective of the project is to enhance connectivity within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, covering Thane, Palghar, Raigad, and Mumbai districts. Atal Setu will connect Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, alleviating congestion on the existing route over the Vashi bridge.
Featuring a 16.5 km sea link and viaducts on land at either end totaling 5.5 km, Atal Setu is India’s first sea bridge with an open road tolling system, allowing vehicles to pass toll booths without stopping.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency, covered 80 percent of the project cost, while the central and state governments were responsible for the remaining 20 percent.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is a crucial organization dedicated to the infrastructure development and regional planning of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Established in 1975 by the Government of Maharashtra, MMRDA functions as an autonomous planning and development body. Some of the upcoming projects of MMRDA include:
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