PM Narendra Modi inaugurates India’s longest sea bridge ‘Mumbai Trans Harbour Link – Atal Setu’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the much-anticipated Mumbai Trans Harbour Link – Atal Setu, declaring it a symbol of “Viksit Bharat” (developed India).

This iconic 6-lane sea bridge stretches 21.8 km, connecting Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, and stands as the country’s longest bridge, both at sea and overall. Built at a cost of Rs 17,840 crore, it promises to revolutionise logistics by slashing travel time from a grueling 2 hours to just 20 minutes.

Beyond the awe-inspiring engineering feat, the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) marks a significant departure from the pre-2014 era plagued by delays and “mega scams.”

The Prime Minister further said that when he had laid the foundation stone of the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) project in December 2016, he had resolved that the country will undergo a change.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates India’s longest sea bridge ‘Mumbai Trans Harbour Link – Atal Setu’

Prime Minister Modi, who laid the foundation stone of the project in 2016, emphasised his resolve to usher in a new era of timely project completion, fulfilling a dream that had eluded many for a decade. This bridge is his testament to that resolve, reflecting the progress and development envisioned for a “Vikshit Bharat.”

Acknowledging the completion of the bridge’s construction, even amid the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Modi recalled a time when people were frustrated with major projects being halted and had lost hope in their completion. He highlighted that it was his resolve to change this perception, ensuring the successful realisation of such projects. “Dreams are coming true ten years later. The sea bridge is a reflection of ‘Viksit Bharat’ (developed India),” he added.

The impact of the MTHL extends far beyond mere travel time reduction. Industry experts predict a complete transformation of the logistics landscape. Businesses struggling with traffic congestion and exorbitant transport costs can breathe a sigh of relief. Reduced logistics expenses and streamlined delivery times will boost efficiency and competitiveness, attracting new investments and businesses to Navi Mumbai and parts of Raigad District.

This economic boom is just the beginning. The MTHL paves the way for seamless connectivity to the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport, opening doors to a new era of enhanced logistics movement from Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP).

Commenting on the development, Shashi Kiran Shetty, Founder and Chairman, Allcargo Group said that the Atal Setu will have a multiplying impact on the port-connectivity and logistics transportation value chain in Mumbai in particular as well as across the country in general by cutting down transit time. “It acts as a gateway to unprecedented possibilities in logistics by revolutionising the logistics transportation landscape,” he said.

Shetty further said that MTHL is a prime example of how synergy among all stakeholders can bring about a transformative impact in building a robust multimodal logistics transport ecosystem in the country. “MTHL along with Navi Mumbai International Airport which is nearing its commercial launch will have an enormous impact on the logistics competitiveness of the country. By driving broad-based industrial growth, such infrastructure development will make India a global manufacturing hub. MTHL will boost hinterland connectivity, benefitting a larger population and driving the GDP growth,” he added.

In addition to unveiling the mega structure, the Prime Minister inaugurated, dedicated to the nation, or initiated the groundwork for infrastructure projects valued at over Rs 30,500 crore in the Mumbai region.

During an event held in Ulwe, Navi Mumbai, Modi officially opened the 14.60km Kharkopar-Uran section of the 27km Belapur-Seawoods-Uran suburban corridor.

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