The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) is a groundbreaking infrastructure project that is set to become the longest sea bridge in India, connecting Mumbai with its satellite city, Navi Mumbai.
The project has been in the works for several years and is expected to be completed in August, 2023. The MTHL is a six-lane access-controlled expressway grade road bridge that will begin in Sewri, South Mumbai, cross Thane Creek, and end at Chirle near Nhava Sheva.
The MTHL project has been spearheaded by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), and the construction of the expressway is being carried out by Larsen & Toubro and Tata Projects.
The project is being financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which released the first tranche of ₹7,910 crores ($1.22bn) in March 2017, and 85% of the construction cost is being covered by JICA.
D&H Sécheron has been involved in the MTHL project since its inception, providing essential welding solutions for the construction of the bridge.
The MTHL project has been designed to handle a capacity of 75,000 passenger car units (PCU) per day, and the expressway will significantly reduce travel time between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. The MTHL will also have a dedicated corridor for the Mumbai Metro, which will further improve connectivity between the two cities.
The MTHL is expected to bring a host of benefits to the region:
Reducing travel time: Currently, the modes of transportation between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai is via road or rail, both of which are time-consuming and often congested. With the MTHL, commuters will be able to traverse the distance in a matter of minutes.
Enhancing connectivity: The MTHL will significantly enhance connectivity, making it easier for people to access jobs, education, healthcare, and other amenities. This, in turn, is expected to boost economic growth in the region and create new opportunities for businesses and individuals.
Reducing traffic congestion: Mumbai is known for its traffic congestion, which can cause significant delays for commuters and businesses. With the MTHL, a significant portion of the traffic between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai is expected to shift from the congested roads and railways to the new expressway, reducing traffic congestion in the region.
Boosting tourism: The MTHL is expected to boost tourism in the region by making it easier for visitors to travel between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. This, in turn, is expected to create new opportunities for businesses in the tourism sector.
Promoting sustainable transportation: The MTHL is being designed to promote sustainable transportation by encouraging the use of public transportation and non-motorised modes of transport, such as bicycles and pedestrian walkways. This is expected to reduce air pollution and promote healthier lifestyles in the region.
The MTHL project has faced several challenges, including environmental concerns and the displacement of local communities. However, the MMRDA has taken steps to mitigate these concerns and ensure that the project is completed in a sustainable and socially responsible manner.
The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link is a groundbreaking project that will significantly improve connectivity between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. The project will significantly reduce travel time between the two cities, while also improving connectivity through a dedicated corridor for the Mumbai Metro.
D&H Sécheron has been a key player in the project, providing essential welding solutions for the MTHL, including Norma, Supratherme, MIG Wire, SAW Wire and Flux.
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