The completion and inauguration of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sewari – Nhava Sheva Atal Setu, previously known as the Mumbai Transharbour Link (MTHL), represents a significant stride towards enhancing mobility and connectivity in India. Scheduled for inauguration and travel by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 12, this monumental bridge underscores the government’s commitment to improving ease of mobility.
Prime Minister Modi will commence the day by inaugurating the 27th National Youth Festival in Nashik at 12:15 PM. Subsequently, at 3:30 PM in Mumbai, he will officially open and traverse the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sewari – Nhava Sheva Atal Setu.
Having laid the foundation stone in December 2016, the Prime Minister’s vision for improved mobility is coming to fruition with the completion of the Atal Setu, constructed at a cost exceeding Rs. 17,840 crore. Spanning an impressive 21.8 km, the 6-lane bridge includes a remarkable 16.5 km over the sea and 5.5 km on land, making it the longest bridge and sea bridge in India.
This engineering marvel is strategically designed to reduce travel time between Mumbai and key destinations such as Pune, Goa, and South India. Additionally, it will facilitate faster connectivity to Mumbai International Airport and Navi Mumbai International Airport. The enhanced connectivity is not limited to passenger travel; it also promises improved linkage between Mumbai Port and Jawaharlal Nehru Port.
Following the bridge inauguration, at 4:15 PM, Prime Minister Modi will participate in a public program in Navi Mumbai, where he will lay the foundation stone for multiple projects amounting to Rs 12,700 crore.
One of the prominent projects includes an underground road tunnel connecting Eastern Freeway’s Orange Gate to Marine Drive. Priced at over Rs 8,700 crore, this 9.2 km tunnel is poised to be a transformative infrastructure development, significantly reducing travel time between Orange Gate and Marine Drive.
In addition, the Prime Minister will dedicate phase 1 of the Surya regional bulk drinking water project, developed at a cost exceeding Rs 1975 crore. This initiative is set to provide a critical drinking water supply to the Palghar and Thane districts of Maharashtra, benefiting approximately 14 lakh residents.
The event will also witness the inauguration of key rail projects, including the new suburban station ‘Digha Gaon’ on the Thane-Vashi/Panvel Trans-harbour line and the new 6th Line between Khar Road and Goregaon railway station. These projects collectively reflect a momentous leap in India’s infrastructure development, aligning with the government’s vision for a well-connected and accessible nation.