The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), also called the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Trans Harbour Link, is a massive sea bridge under construction to connect Mumbai and Navi Mumbai–Raigad. The exciting news is that the 21.8 km long bridge is set to open on December 25, 2023, providing the public with a faster and more convenient connection between the two bustling cities. Get ready for a smoother commute.
The MTHL boasts a remarkable 16 km stretch over the sea, linking Mumbai to Navi Mumbai. Commuters can now zip between these two cities in just 20 minutes, a significant improvement from the current one-hour journey via the Vashi Bridge. Beyond enhancing local travel, the MTHL will also expedite access to key routes like the Mumbai-Goa highway, Mumbai-Pune expressway, Navi Mumbai International Airport, and the JNPT port, facilitating smoother connectivity for the region.
Revolutionizing the travel experience, the MTHL introduces an Open Road Tolling (ORT) system, enabling seamless toll payment at speeds of up to 100 kmph, eliminating the need to slow down at toll booths. Anticipating a daily influx of approximately 70,000 vehicles, this modern infrastructure represents a substantial investment, with the project's cost reaching nearly Rs 18,000 crore. The implementation of such cutting-edge features underscores a commitment to enhancing both speed and convenience in the region's transportation network.
The bridge will have 1,212 sturdy lighting poles designed to tackle challenges in the deep sea. These poles come with a smart Central Control & Monitoring System, built to endure the salty environment. With a corrosion-resistant coating, rust-preventing galvanization, and a robust design against strong winds, they're ready for any weather. Additionally, a Lightning Protection System ensures they stay safe from potential lightning damage. These measures ensure the lighting infrastructure is reliable and durable, even in tough conditions.