The Maharashtra unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has claimed that the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) will be thrown open for public use on December 25. However, the government agency executing the project said although it is 97 per cent complete, the remaining work is not likely to be over by that time. The MTHL is touted as India’s longest sea bridge.
Between Sewri (Mumbai) and Chirle (Navi Mumbai), the MTHL is a six-lane 21.8 km road bridge. The project will connect south Mumbai with Navi Mumbai township. It is being executed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
After completion, it would be the longest sea bridge in the country. It would cater to 70,000 vehicles every day, officials said, reported PTI.
The Maharashtra unit of the BJP, on Monday, said on X that the “Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sea Link” will be inaugurated on December 25 this year, on the birth anniversary of the late prime minister after whom it is to be named.
What MMRDA says?
However, an MMRDA source said, “The construction work of the sea link is nearly 97 per cent complete. But the work of electrification, erection of poles on the bridge, toll booths, and integration of the entire system is yet to be done.”
In June this year, some of the work orders for erecting polls and others were issued, and the project cannot be completed by December this year, the source added.
A few years back, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the project. The state government of Maharashtra has not made any announcement about the project’s inauguration yet.
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