Your wait for ride to Navi Mumbai on sea bridge may end before Sep 2022
Launching the first girder for the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL), Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said the work on the 22-km sea bridge that will connect Mumbai to Navi Mumbai is likely to be completed before the September 2022 deadline. It will be the longest sea bridge in India.
“I have been told that the work is expected to get completed before time. For years, people asked when the project would take off. I am happy that it has not only started today, but is progressing at a rapid pace,” Thackeray said.
When asked about the concerns raised by environmentalists that the construction might drive away migratory flamingos that flock to the city’s mudflats every year, Thackeray said, “Even as we were driving through, we could see flamingos near the project site.”
The ₹17,843-crore project has been in talks since 1980s, however, work on-ground kicked off only in 2018.
When it was mooted in the 1980s, the cost of the project was around ₹350 crore. As of today, close to 25% of the work has been completed.
RA Rajeev, metropolitan commissioner, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is executing the project, said Wednesday’s girder launch was also completed 60 days in advance.
“Many of the works are being completed ahead of time. MTHL is a one-of-its-kind project not only in India, but also in the world. It will set a record,” Rajeev said.
The girder launch was automated, a first in India, said additional metropolitan commissioner Sanjay Khandare. The 3+3 lane project will make use of three lakh metric tonnes of steel and cement and 10 lakh cubic meters of concrete. The MMRDA is also constructing a 5.6-km temporary access bridge for the project.
The sea corridor will also have noise and vision barriers installed on a 6-km stretch, first to block the view of the sensitive BARC nuclear complex and
the other to protect the movement of flamingos and other migratory birds at the Sewri mudflats.
In a tragic incident, five members of a family were killed in a road accident after their car rammed into a parked truck in Ahore area of Jalore district in Rajasthan on Tuesday. The deceased were identified as Ram Lal Prajapat (23), Manaram Sargara (30), Kamlesh Prajapat (24), Chhaganlal Prajapat (24) and Dinesh Kumar Prajapat (24). Former CM Vasundhara Raje, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the incident.
The Karnataka High Court has set aside a sessions court order of life sentence on a woman from Andhra Pradesh who allegedly killed Kavitha, from Madakasira in Sri Sathyasai district of Andhra Pradesh's two-month-old daughter, and ordered her release from prison. The Fourth Additional District and Sessions Judge, Madhugiri in Tumakuru district on July 22, 2017, convicted Kavitha, from Madakasira in Sri Sathyasai district of Andhra Pradesh, under Section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code, to undergo life imprisonment for murder.
The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday rejected Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut's request to put off his questioning in a money laundering case by two weeks in an alleged money laundering case linked to the redevelopment of Patra Chawl in Mumbai's Goregaon area and ordered him to appear before the agency officials on Friday, July 1, people familiar with the matter said.
Tuesday morning saw more mild tremors in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district - the second one in four days. Measuring around 3.5 on the Richter scale, it was was felt by residents for about four seconds, PTI said. Tremors of 2.3 magnitude were recorded at 9 am on Saturday, worrying residents of Kallugundi, Sampaje, Goonadka, Aranthodu, Ivarnadu, Thodikkana and Peraje. Several people ran out of their homes as the earth shook for about 45 seconds.
Day after Punjab Police sub-inspector Balwinder Singh was placed under suspension for shooting at a man after a scuffle with him in Dera Bassi town of Mohali district, he has been booked for opening fire and insulting a woman's modesty. The SSP had placed the SI under suspension on Monday and transferred him to the police lines. Besides, the SSP initiated departmental action against three other police personnel present at the spot.