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Old 12th June 2020, 10:11   #1
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Default Mumbai Trans Harbour Link - Connecting Southern Mumbai with Navi Mumbai

The southern most tip of Mumbai stays more or less landlocked. History fans would recollect that Mumbai as a city comprised of seven islands that slowly merged with each other as increased amounts of land reclamation was done during the times of British Raj and partly once we gained independence too. In fact, as we continue to build sea links and subways, the truth remains that majority of our problems continue to be embedded in the history of marshlands being reclaimed for development of the city.

Therefore when protests are staged to save trees in the city, I cannot help but chuckle at the thought that majority of these protest sites are actually on top of a reclaimed piece of land that once had vast tracts of mangroves

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One of the connections between the islands of Mahim and Bandra were privately funded once upon a time by the philanthropist family of Jeejeebhoys who were a large industrial and trade conglomerate founded by the first baronet Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy. Quoting from Wikipedia:

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Lady Jeejeebhoy, wife of the first baronet Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy, to donate the entire amount of Rs.1,57,000/- on the condition that the government would not charge a toll for its use or disturb the Koli community who lived around the area.


Mumbai owes a lot to the family that more or less built infrastructure for public use that still stands guard to the city in the form of hospitals, schools, colleges, parks, roads, etc.

Among the various modern day landmark projects for the city that have sprung up to save the city's traffic explosion are:

- The Mumbai metro
- The Bandra-Worli Sealink
- JJ Flyover
- The 77 flyovers built towards the fag end of the last century
- And most remarkably the Eastern freeway.

Rampant construction and lack of real estate to genuinely accommodate the people that reside here have constantly led the city into it's own quagmire with no signs of breath. In my personal opinion, the only way out is to decongest the city by looking at alternate avenues.

Navi Mumbai was conceptualised with the same thought but it ended up being a parallel city that grew in equal multiples alongside mainland Mumbai. As you cross over to Belapur from Kharghar, a lot of government building sprung up with a view to decongest the sarkari offices dotting South Mumbai's prime real estate surrounding the headquarters aka Mantralaya. However, just like the city's vision, these buildings ended up being occupied by newer institutions that took birth in the time period.

Perhaps Mumbai would be the only metro city that hasn't managed to move the airport out to a convenient location that would cater to high volume traffic and adopt parallel runways for effective traffic management.

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A few key projects IMO are truly well thought and at the moment are well planned are obviously the Mumbai Metro which is work in progress and the Eastern Freeway that is already commissioned. One cannot imagine the sheer delight of crossing all localities between Chembur and Byculla to get to CST / Churchgate. The Eastern Freeway is truly a delight even to get to intermediate locations further north of Dadar.

That said, there is a vital roadlink that will help realise the value of the freeway; The MTHL: Mumbai Trans harbour link.

Like I stated before, the city's airport alternative is already mushrooming in the suburbs of Navi Mumbai and Panvel. The required land parcel is more or less acquired and contracts (IIRC) have already been awarded to construction houses. The airport location would prove strategic for commuters of MMR comprising of Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and far off city like Pune and will greatly help decongest suburban Mumbai where all traffic heads currently.

But, for residents of South Mumbai, it would have meant a fairly longer commute even with the presence of the eastern freeway. Additionally, there is a considerable amount of cargo movement that happens on the other side of Colaba that could get an easy gateway into and out of the city.

So what exactly is this MTHL and how would it help?

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Well, the MTHL is a 21.8km long road link that will fork out of the Eastern freeway at Sewri and connect the mainland with Chirle village in Navi Mumbai on the other side. Total project estimated cost is $2 billion with the project divided among three main bidders:

10.3km sea bridge connecting Thane and Sewri village being done by L&T with IHI corp.
7.8km bridge portion across Thane creek and Shivajinagar interchange awarded to Tata projects and Daewoo E&C
3.6km of viaducts and state highway connectors being built by L&T

The govt agency responsible to oversee the project is MMRDA and the status can be tracked here:

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A detailed Youtube video by MMRDA visualises how the bridge would look once commissioned:



Once commissioned, the MTHL will be the largest sea link in the country.

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As it stands, the MTHL is already 10% complete and if news sources are to be believed, the bridge stands to complete construction ahead of time. Twitter has routine updates with #MTHL search. Sahil Pednekar, who happens to track almost every infra project dotting the country was kind enough to share updates with us among other contributors:

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Thread moved from the Assembly Line to the Street Experiences Section. Thanks for sharing!
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Regular updates also available at SSC: https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threa...612688/page-74
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Thank you for sharing this update on the project and explaining the layout and history so lucidly. Despite being a pucca Dilli wallah {where the Bombay versus Delhi drawing room debates are concerned} I have long felt that since the 1982 Asiad Mumbai has been shortchanged by successive Govt's where investment in water and transport infrastructure goes. In matters of bijli Mumbai has always done much better. Mumbai {just Mumbai not Navi Mumbai, Thane etc} accounts for between 6% to 7% of India's GDP* and after including its adjacent sister cities {where the local trains go up to that is Mumbai, economically speaking} the figure is probably closer to 8%+. That's like the GDP of Zambia or Iceland. The city deserves this better infrastructure to remain a healthy golden goose for the nation.

Controversial comment - in 1948 Pandit Nehru had suggested that like Delhi Mumbai too should be carved out as a Union Territory as it was a national asset. Vigorous push back from local politicos of the then Bombay State shelved the suggestion.

* The figures on tax collection are way higher but that is also partly on how the Govt counts where corporate taxes reside.
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As it stands, the MTHL is already 10% complete and if news sources are to be believed, the bridge stands to complete construction ahead of time.
Thanks for this comprehensive post. Really helpful.

Sorry if I missed this but what is the scheduled completion date for this project does anyone know? I am particularly interested in this as someone living in the Sewri / Parel area.

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Thanks for this comprehensive post. Really helpful.

Sorry if I missed this but what is the scheduled completion date for this project does anyone know? I am particularly interested in this as someone living in the Sewri / Parel area.

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Official reports state 2023 as the year of completion. Not sure if we can stick to it going by our past timelines .
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Most of the photos are the exact view from my house in Parel. In fact, they are clicked from Crescent Bay.

Anyway, I think that while this project is great, it should've been up and running 15 years back. In fact, there should've been at least three similar bridges connecting Mumbai to India Mainland.

If any of you have gone to China, you'd have seen how amazing their infra for similar cities is. We are lagging waayyy behind. Mumbai could've been something else altogether.
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Anyway, I think that while this project is great, it should've been up and running 15 years back. In fact, there should've been at least three similar bridges connecting Mumbai to India Mainland.
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Better late than never. India is 50 years behind China in infrastructure, so no use in that comparison.
What would happen to real estate prices in South Mumbai post this bridge. Would it go down from its ridiculous high prices.

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Most of the photos are the exact view from my house in Parel. In fact, they are clicked from Crescent Bay.

Anyway, I think that while this project is great, it should've been up and running 15 years back. In fact, there should've been at least three similar bridges connecting Mumbai to India Mainland.

If any of you have gone to China, you'd have seen how amazing their infra for similar cities is. We are lagging way behind. Mumbai could've been something else altogether.
Apart from mediocre political will power, one constant obstacle to some much-needed infra projects are environmentalist who keeps delaying the project and the political opposition funding them.

One recent example is the Aarey Metro Depot controversy, which IMO is the only feasible alternative, the opposition to this has put the timelines of project completion in danger

Our people are satisfied with sub-par infrastructure also because very few among the voter population has been to well-developed cities like Shanghai. We can only compare to our rural cities and be happy.

With that said, this is a key infrastructure project along with

1. The Navi Mumbai airport
2. Coastal road
3. Panvel Goa Highway project
4. All the Mumbai metro lines


Another project that is the need of the hour is a Mumbai-Pune high-speed rail.
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I feel the MTHL is a much-needed connection for Mumbai. My dad travels from Mumbai to Pune each weekend and the time it takes for him to get from his office at Dadar to Navi Mumbai (Kharghar) is close to the time it takes for him to reach Pune from Kharghar.
As BHPian sjain2054 said, we should already have been having 3 different bridges or connectors (We have 2 - Vashi Bridge and Airoli Connector) from the Islands to the mainland.
This bridge should in theory, reduce the amount of traffic on the other 2 bridges.
Regarding the 2023 timeline, I feel that it will be delayed to the current situation and the past timelines.
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I think this could be a major gamechanger. A much needed bit. However I am a bit conflicted about how seamlessly they will manage the integration to eastern Expressway at Sewri.

Also what this will do to the already bursting beyond seams traffic from eastern freeway to Fort. Peak hour traffic in this stretch is horrendous already with it almost taking an hour to get onto the freeway from Colaba after 5 PM.

At times I feel travel through the normal JJ flyover-Dadar-Sion-Chembur route no longer takes much more time than freeway during peak hours!
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I believe the timing is to match completion of the Navi Mumbai International Airport. This link will provide a fast access from NMIA to South Mumbai and beyond. Also the onward connectors on Chirle side (to Goa hwy, MPEW) will make this a sort of a ring road around Mumbai.
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