On Friday, January 12, 2024, the ‘Atal Setu’ (Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sewri to Nhava Sheva Atal Setu) also known as the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) was finally inaugurated in Mumbai. Prime Minister Narendra Modi who laid the foundation of this project back in 2016 was present for the Atal Setu Bridge inauguration. to inaugurate the bridge in Mumbai’s Sewri. The Atal Setu Bridge is named after former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. PM Modi laid the foundation of this bridge in December 2016. The bridge is seen as one historic milestone in India’s historic development. 

Atal Setu Bridge Overview

Night view of Atal Setu Bridge
Night view of Atal Setu Bridge
Image Credit: Twitter/ @c_aashish

The newly constructed Atal Setu Bridge stretches at a length of 21.8 km, this 6-lane bridge is built at a total cost of around Rs. 17,840 crores. The Atal Setu Bridge connectivity is from Sewri in Mumbai to Nhava Sheva in Uran, Raigad. This makes it India’s longest sea bridge, i.e. about 16.5 km on the sea and 5.5km of elevated road on land. The key purpose of this bridge project is to significantly reduce the travel time between South Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. The previous 2-hour long journey can now be accomplished in just 20 minutes. In return, the benefits include alleviated traffic jams and anticipated economic development in areas in and around Sewri and Nhava Sheva. 

Some Atal Setu Bridge Facts To Know:

  • This bridge is not only India’s longest sea bridge but also the 12th longest sea bridge in the world. 
  • The bridge will provide faster connectivity between Mumbai and the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport and reduce travel time between Mumbai and Pune Expressway, as well as Goa and South India.
  • Nearly 70,000 vehicles are expected to use the bridge every day. 
  • The maximum speed limit for four-wheelers (cars, taxis, light motor vehicles, minibuses and two-axle buses) on the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) will be 100 kmph. However, while ascending and descending the bridge, drivers will have to restrict to a speed limit of 30-40 kmph. 
  • According to Mumbai Police, vehicles that will be restricted on the sea bridge include motorbikes, auto rickshaws and tractors, motorcycles, mopeds, three-wheelers, animal-drawn vehicles and slow-moving vehicles. 
  • For a one-way trip with a passenger car, travellers will be charged ₹250. Return journeys and multiple journey charges will vary from vehicle to vehicle. 
  • Talking about the materials used for the MTHL:
    • The structural steel of about 1.2 lakh tonnes is enough to support the erection of four Howrah Bridges. 
    • The reinforced steel used volume is the equivalent of 17 times the weight of the Eiffel Tower or 500 Boeing aircraft.
    • The bridge construction uses 8,30,000 cubic metres of concrete almost equivalent to building the Statue of Unity six times. 
    • Investments of about Rs. 20,000 crores (including manpower, material and equipment), 15,000 skilled labourers and 1,500 engineers have completed this project in a span of 7 years. 
    • The bridge is constructed using corrosion-resistant materials with a 100-year lifespan with the ability to withstand earthquakes, cyclones, wind pressure and tides using top Japanese technology. 
  • The MTHL uses advanced technology like Electronic Toll Collection, Comprehensive Surveillance System, Speed Violation Detection System, Video Incident Detection System, Advanced Traffic Management System, etc. 
  • Barriers are strategically placed along the bridge to provide privacy to sensitive areas like the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and the Oil terminals of the BPCL. 
  • The design and construction of the MTHL are done taking into consideration ecological preservation and protection of the Flamingo habitat. 
  • The project will also aim to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions with reduced travel time. 

All in all, the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Bridge is a great option for accelerating the overall growth including the financial, social, educational and industrial progress of ‘Third Mumbai’ and MMR. Called the ‘game changer’ this bridge will be beneficial in reshaping the future of this region for the better. 

Bridge inauguration
Authorities inaugurating the bridge
Image Credit: Twitter/Narendra Modi

Following the inauguration of this bridge, the Prime Minister also unveiled projects worth Rs. 30,500 crore in the state of Maharashtra. He laid the foundation stone of the underground road tunnel connecting Eastern Freeway’s Orange Gate and also launched the Namo Mahila Shashaktikaran Abhiyaan in the state. 

Apart from this prolific architectural marvel, Mumbai has a tonne of cool historic and cultural places to visit. While you won’t miss having a cup of masala chai while sitting on Marine Drive or plan a picnic at Hanging Gardens on your trip to Mumbai, you must add a ride on the MTHL to your Mumbai Tour Packages, especially on a pleasant evening. With better connectivity, easily book cheap flights to Mumbai from all over the world and get the best discounts for hotels with advance bookings.

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