The under-construction Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) will be connected with the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
The plan to link two critical infra projects in the Mumbai Metropolitan region (MMR) is an attempt to solve heavy traffic jams and was disclosed by the officials from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
The plan was almost a decade old, however, it could not get implemented due to the delay in the MTHL.
As per the basic plan the MTHL will land into Chirle in Navi Mumbai, and an elevated corridor, will be constructed at a cost of Rs 1000 crore, connecting the expressway to MTHL with an interchange at Chirle.
Chirle is a fast-developing residential area adjoining Uran and Ulwe, on the outskirts of Navi Mumbai.
The new corridor will help the commuters to directly reach Pune from Worli in South Mumbai without getting stuck in the traffic and will also save travel time by over an hour.
The MMRDA has undertaken the implementation of the MTHL project connecting Sewri on Mumbai side to Chirle on Navi Mumbai side.
Popularly known as the Sewri Nhava Sheva Harbour Link, the MTHL is a 22-km-long six-lane bridge, 16.5 km of which would be over the sea and about 5.5 km viaduct on land on either side
Touted as India’s longest sea bridge, the sea link reduces the travel time between South Mumbai and Navi Mumbai to just 20 minutes from the present two hours.
Currently, 93 per cent of the work on the project is complete and the bridge is expected to open in December 2023.
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