Moving forward with the ambitious Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link project, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has achieved yet another milestone. On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, the MMRDA erected the first Orthotropic Steel Deck for the construction of the longest sea bridge in India. With a first in India moment, the magnum opus project has inched closer towards its completion now, informed MMRDA in a tweet.
OSD to carry heavyweight while causing minimum disturbances in water
Notably, this package was delivered by the consortium of Larsen & Turbo and Japan's IHI Infrastructure Systems, who have bagged the tender for the civil work of package 1. As per reports, ensuring the construction of a longer spans bridge, this equipment is around 6-times longer than the deck that are generally used for supporting bridges.
Highly popular in Europe as well as Asia, South America and the United States, these decks are curated specially to carry heavy loads and cause minimum disturbance to navigation channels in water.
The magnum opus Sewri-Nhava Sheva trans-harbour link project
Executed under the Engineering Procurement and Construction model, this 22-kilometre long overbridge is currently under construction. Around 16.5 kilometre stretch of this 6-lane freeway grade road bridge is supposed to be constructed over the sea. This MTHL project is also commonly known as the Mumbai Sewri-Nhava Sheva trans-harbour link project.
Estimated to be built at the cost of around ₹17,843 crores, the entire MTHL project has been funded by Japan Internation Cooperation Agency, suggest reports. Upon completion, the Sewri-Nhava Sheva trans-harbour link project will bolster Mumbai's connectivity to the rest of Maharashtra.