Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), colloquially known as Atal Setu, India’s longest sea bridge spanning 21.8 km. This monumental infrastructure, dedicated to the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was initiated with the laying of its foundation stone in December 2016.
Key Features of Atal Setu
Cost and Length: Atal Setu, constructed at a cost exceeding ₹17,840 crore, combines a 16.5 km stretch over the sea with approximately 5.5 km on solid ground, making it a 21.8-kilometer-long marvel.
- Connectivity: Enhancing connectivity between Mumbai Port and Jawaharlal Nehru Port, the bridge is strategically designed to provide faster access to Mumbai International Airport and Navi Mumbai International Airport.
- Reduced Travel Time: With the potential to significantly reduce travel time, the bridge aims to cut the current two-hour journey from Mumbai to Pune, Goa, and South India to a mere 15-20 minutes.
- Historical Significance: Originally conceptualized six decades ago, Atal Setu fulfills its primary objective of linking Mumbai’s Sewri with Raigad’s Chirle, marking a historic milestone in India’s infrastructure development.
Maximum Speed Limit: The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link sets a maximum speed limit of 100 kmph for four-wheelers, ensuring efficient and swift transportation.
In addition to this inauguration, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for projects worth ₹30,500 crore in Navi Mumbai, emphasizing the government’s commitment to robust infrastructure development.