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Mumbai-Navi Mumbai bridge inches closer to completion; 440 pillars installed so far

About 14% of work on the 22-km long Sewri-Nhava Sheva sea link project has been completed

In a landmark achievement, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has completed the installation of 440 pillars on the Sewri-Nhava sea link project. Touted to be one of the most ambitious plans of the MMRDA, the 22-km bridge has been flagged as the longest bridge in the country. Once operational, this route will bring Mumbai and Navi Mumbai just 20 minutes apart, instead of the present 1 hour.

Project to be complete by 2022

The MMRDA has already conducted the Geo-Technical survey to complete the sea link project on time. As per reports, the construction work of this 6-lane road began in 2018 and has been segregated in 3 phases to ensure rapid and simultaneous development. As per the project plan, the development agency will install 1200 pillars in the first phase, 800 pillars in the second phase and about 190 pillars in the last phase.

Approximately 14% of the work on the upcoming Sewri-Nhava sea link project has seen the light of the day. Reportedly, the MMRDA has completed the construction of 300 pillars in the first phase along with 100 and 40 pillars in the second and third phases, respectively.

Notably, each pier erected on this route is submerged around 25 meters deep into seawater and the officials have used 'River Circular Machine' to avoid any harm to marine life. The project has already received a nod from the environmental and other departments, with the aim of completing the full project in 2022.

Bringing Mumbai and Navi Mumbai closer!

Also known as the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, the sea link will originate from Sewri in South Mumbai and will stretch through the Thane Creek north of Elephanta Island to terminate at Chirle Village, near Nhava Sheva. Around 16.5 km of the bridge project will be on the sea and the remaining 5.5 km on the land.

Once the project is complete, traffic will flow here at a maximum speed of 100 km/hour. This will cut down the journey time between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai by around 40 minutes, enabling easier, faster, and convenient travel for all.

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