Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) Project

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Overview:

The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) project, which is expected to be inaugurated early next year, has seen a cost escalation of Rs 2,192 crore or 14.9 per cent, according to information obtained through a Right to Information (RTI) query recently.

About Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) Project

  • MTHL is a 21.8-kilometer, Road Bridge connecting the Indian city of Mumbai with Navi Mumbai, its satellite city.
  • It is the longest sea bridge in India. The total length of MTHL Bridge is 21.8 km, of the length on the sea is 16.50 km and the land portion is 5.5 km.
  • The bridge begins in Sewri, South Mumbai, and crosses Thane Creek north of Elephant Island, and will terminate at Chirle village, near Nhava Sheva.
  • The foundation stone for the MTHL project was laid in December 2016.
  • 85% of the MTHL project’s construction is being financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
  • The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) manages the MTHL construction.
  • Project Benefits:
    • The MTHL Bridge gives faster connectivity with the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport, JNPT Port, Mumbai–Pune Expressway, and Mumbai–Goa Highway.
    • On the Mumbai side, connectivity with the coastal road is planned through the Sewri Worli Elevated Connector project.
  • Features:
    • This concrete bridge will feature a 4 km steel span section in the middle to allow for ships to pass underneath.
    • It also incorporates seven orthotropic steel deck (OSD) spans, ranging from 90m to 180m, a first-of-its-kind application in India.
    • MTHL will feature an intelligence transport system (ITS) and the other amenities required for a marine bridge.
    • The traffic conditions on the stretch will be monitored and managed from the traffic control centre with the help of CCTV cameras and related facilities installed on the stretch. 

Q1) What is the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)?

Established as an independent administrative institution under the law concerning the Independent Administrative Institution Japan International Cooperation Agency (Law No. 136, 2002), JICA aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation as well as the sound development of Japanese and global economy by supporting the socioeconomic development, recovery or economic stability of developing regions.

Source: RTI reply: Two missed deadline, set for opening next year, MTHL sees cost escalation of Rs 2,192 cr