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<p>Mumbai Trans Harbour Link</p>
Mumbai Trans Harbour Link

MUMBAI: With the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) expected to open for traffic soon, motorists can expect savings of nearly 30-45 minutes during peak hours on a trip from south Mumbai to the New Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA) and the Mumbai-Pune expressway as compared to the conventional routes via Eastern Freeway and Sion-Panvel highway.

Over 22km long, 16.5km of it over the creek, the MTHL—or the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Smruti Nhava Sheva Atal Setu, as it will be named—will be the country’s longest and the world’s 12th longest sea bridge, taking off at Sewri in south Mumbai, crossing over Thane creek and terminating at Chirle in the distant outskirts of Navi Mumbai.

TOI did test drives to compare time required to travel between CSMT and Chirle via existing routes and over the MTHL once the bridge is thrown open. Duration of a trip during non-peak hours from CSMT to the mouth of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway at Kalamboli junction via Sion-Panvel road is 71 minutes compared to the 68 minutes it is expected to take when MTHL is commissioned (For this calculation, it has been assumed that a journey over the 22-km trans-harbour link will not require more than 20 minutes). To reach the Expressway from the MTHL Chirle interchange, a motorist will have to travel to a point known as Palaspe Phata, a distance of 16 km and about 10km before Kalamboli.A senior official said the primary purpose of the bridge is to improve connectivity to the mainland over the creek and not to service traffic for the Mumbai-Pune expressway. “Even then, there will be tremendous savings in time, especially during peak hours when there is heavy congestion, especially at entry and exit points of the eastern freeway,” he said.

For decades, planners have envisaged expansion of the city by providing a link that would connect deeper into the mainland in Raigad district of the Konkan region. The idea of a trans-harbour bridge has been around since the early 1970’s but materialised after 50 years.

“The bridge will spur the development of a `Third’ Mumbai. In fact, chief minister Eknath Shinde has even asked MMRDA to plan for growth centres on the lines of Bandra-Kurla Complex in close proximity to the landing points in Navi Mumbai,” said the official.

Apart from opening up alternative routes, the link will ensure faster transportation of labour and material to south Mumbai. A former MMRDA employee, who worked on the project said, “The diversion of traffic to MTHL will not only decongest existing Sion-Panvel Highway but also bring down vehicular pollution.

Belapur resident Prasad Vaidyanathan said, “I travel twice to south Mumbai weekly. I feel this will be best option, I can bypass the congestion and bad patches on Sion-Panvel Highway. It will be a jerk-free ride and lead to lesser maintenance cost on vehicles.”

Ulwe resident Yeshwant Naik said the use would depend on the toll as there are cheaper alternatives available. “If heavy vehicles are going to be allowed, MMRDA should also allow public transport to use the link,” he added.

  • Published On Nov 24, 2023 at 08:28 AM IST

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