MTHL – Everything you need to know

Everything you need to know about Mumbai Trans Harbor Sea Link

The Mumbai Trans-Harbor Sea Link ( MTHL in short) is a 21.8 Km long bridge connecting Mumbai with Navi Mumbai. When completed it is touted to be the longest sea bridge in India. The bridge will begin in Sewri, cross Thane Creek north of Elephanta Island and will terminate at Chirle village, near Nhava Sheva. It will provide direct connectivity to the Nhava sea port, the Mumbai – Pune Expressway & the Mumbai – Goa Highway.

Gateway to Navi Mumbai

There are only two ways to get to mainland Mumbai from Navi Mumbai. One is the Airoli bridge if you are coming from the upper nodes of Navi Mumbai like Airoli, Ghansoli, Kopar Khairane etc & travelling towards the central line. And the other is the Old Vashi Bridge which connects Vashi to Mankhurd – this connects all the way up to CST through the eastern freeway. With the rising property prices in the mainland & upcoming opportunities in Navi Mumbai, many people have been migrating to that part of the city. Meaning more people commuting to & fro. This has lead to an increase in traffic & a lot of congestion on the road. And a third bridge connecting Mumbai to its satellite city was the need of the hour.

MTHL – How it began

The MTHL was first proposed in 1963. It was then called the Uran Bridge, but it never really went through at that point. The first real attempt at the bridge was made in 2006 when IL&FS submitted a proposal to make the bridge in a Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT) model. However, this was also sidelined. There were several other attempts which fell through the cracks as well. Finally in 2017, Maharashtra Govt decided that MTHL will be built by MMRDA via EPC (Engineering – Procurement – Construction) model with official development loan assistance from JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency).

The first real attempt at the bridge was made in 2006 when IL&FS submitted a proposal to make the bridge in a Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT) model.

This ambitious project is to be built in four packages
Package 1 – Bridge spanning across Thane Creek and Sewri Interchange – 10.38km
Package 2 – Bridge portion across Thane Creek and the Shivaji Nagar interchange – 7.8km
Package 3 – Viaducts and interchanges that connect MTHL with State Highways 52 and 54 and National Highway 4B at Chirle – 6.3km
Package 4 – Intelligent Transport Systems (includes Toll and Transport Management System) and equipment installation for the project.

MTHL had secured all the required environmental clearances by 2016 (including the ones from Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority MCZMA and the Forest Advisory Committee FAC) and Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the project on 24 December 2016.

The story today

MMRDA invited bids for the 3 packages & after an evaluation period of 6months, the contracts were handed out. In early Nov 2017, the MMRDA awarded contracts to a consortium of Larsen and Toubro (L&T) and Japan’s IHI Corporation, a consortium of Daewoo and Tata Projects Limited (TPL), and L&T to construct the first three packages respectively.

Land Acquisition for the project happened quickly with over 60% of the 130 hectare land needed coming from CIDCO directly. Construction for package 1 & 2 began in 2018 itself & presently MMRDA states that over 20% of the total construction has already been done as evident from the recent photos. Casting work for the first segment of Package 3 of the project began in the last quarter of 2019.

If construction progresses as planned, this 14,000 Crore project is slated to be completed 6 months before the Dec 2022 deadline as per MMRDA officials.

If construction progresses as planned, this 14,000 Crore project is slated to be completed 6 months before the Dec 2022 deadline as per MMRDA officials.

The future is bright

This bridge will go a long way in reducing the traffic on the other entry nodes of Mumbai & improve overall connectivity in a big way. With the Navi Mumbai airport coming up in Panvel, MTHL will provide easy connectivity from the mainland to the new airport. And for all the people travelling from Navi Mumbai to Mumbai everyday for work, this will save them a considerable amount of commute time.

Land Acquisition for the project happened quickly with over 60% of the 130 hectare land needed coming from CIDCO directly. Construction for package 1 & 2 began in 2018 itself & presently MMRDA states that over 20% of the total construction has already been done as evident from the recent photos. Casting work for the first segment of Package 3 of the project began in the last quarter of 2019.

If construction progresses as planned, this 14,000 Crore project is slated to be completed 6 months before the Dec 2022 deadline as per MMRDA officials.

MTHL – How it began

The MTHL was first proposed in 1963. It was then called the Uran Bridge, but it never really went through at that point. The first real attempt at the bridge was made in 2006 when IL&FS submitted a proposal to make the bridge in a Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT) model. However, this was also sidelined. There were several other attempts which fell through the cracks as well. Finally in 2017, Maharashtra Govt decided that MTHL will be built by MMRDA via EPC (Engineering – Procurement – Construction) model with official development loan assistance from JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency)

This ambitious project is to be built in four packages
Package 1 – Bridge spanning across Thane Creek and Sewri Interchange – 10.38km
Package 2 – Bridge portion across Thane Creek and the Shivaji Nagar interchange – 7.8km
Package 3 – Viaducts and interchanges that connect MTHL with State Highways 52 and 54 and National Highway 4B at Chirle – 6.3km
Package 4 – Intelligent Transport Systems (includes Toll and Transport Management System) and equipment installation for the project.

MTHL had secured all the required environmental clearances by 2016 (including the ones from Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority MCZMA and the Forest Advisory Committee FAC) and Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the project on 24 December 2016.

The story today

MMRDA invited bids for the 3 packages & after an evaluation period of 6months, the contracts were handed out. In early Nov 2017, the MMRDA awarded contracts to a consortium of Larsen and Toubro (L&T) and Japan’s IHI Corporation, a consortium of Daewoo and Tata Projects Limited (TPL), and L&T to construct the first three packages respectively.

Land Acquisition for the project happened quickly with over 60% of the 130 hectare land needed coming from CIDCO directly. Construction for package 1 & 2 began in 2018 itself & presently MMRDA states that over 20% of the total construction has already been done as evident from the recent photos. Casting work for the first segment of Package 3 of the project began in the last quarter of 2019.

If construction progresses as planned, this 14,000 Crore project is slated to be completed 6 months before the Dec 2022 deadline as per MMRDA officials.

The future is bright

This bridge will go a long way in reducing the traffic on the other entry nodes of Mumbai & improve overall connectivity in a big way. With the Navi Mumbai airport coming up in Panvel, MTHL will provide easy connectivity from the mainland to the new airport. And for all the people travelling from Navi Mumbai to Mumbai everyday for work, this will save them a considerable amount of commute time.

About Project

Spread over a large land parcel of 25 acres, just 6km from the upcoming airport, Marathon Nexzone is the flagship township project in Panvel by Marathon Group. MTHL will make Nexzone less than 45mins away from south Bombay.

About Marathon

Marathon Group is a 50 year old, Mumbai based real estate development company that has completed over 80 projects in the city.

About Project

Spread over a large land parcel of 25 acres, just 6km from the upcoming airport, Marathon Nexzone is the flagship township project in Panvel by Marathon Group. MTHL will make Nexzone less than 45mins away from south Bombay.

About Marathon

Marathon Group is a 50 year old, Mumbai based real estate development company that has completed over 80 projects in the city.