Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde recently announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), the country’s longest sea bridge, on January 12. Stretching 21.8 kilometers from Sewri in Mumbai to Nhava Sheva in Raigad district, the bridge aims to drastically reduce travel time from two hours to a mere 15-20 minutes.
The Chief Minister highlighted the transformative impact of the bridge, stating, “This bridge will bring economic development and growth in areas connected to it.”
Notably, the MTHL will serve as a crucial link to the Mumbai Pune Expressway, effectively connecting the two major cities in Maharashtra.
However, the opposition parties have sharply criticized the authorities for the delayed completion of the project. Despite reaching 96% completion by September, the remaining construction necessitated an additional three months, drawing flak from various quarters.
Shiv Sena UBT leader Aaditya Thackeray has been particularly vocal in criticizing the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the state government for the delayed public inauguration of the bridge, raising concerns about project timelines and execution.
As the countdown begins for the grand inauguration, the MTHL stands poised to revolutionize connectivity and travel efficiency between Mumbai and Raigad, heralding a new era of development and progress for the region.