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Atal Setu: All you need to know about India's longest sea bridge

ByAdarsh Kumar Gupta
Jan 12, 2024 11:42 AM IST

The bridge has shortened the distance between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai to just 20 minutes which earlier took 2 hours.

The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) or Atal Setu, longest sea bridge in India is set to be inaugurated by the prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday. The bridge has been named after former prime minister and late BJP veteran Atal Bihari Vajpayee. 21.8 km in length and having six lanes, the bridge has been constructed at a whopping cost of 18,000 crore, reported news agency PTI.

Aerial view of Sewri Nhava Sheva Atal Setu (Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Road) (Hindustan Times)
Aerial view of Sewri Nhava Sheva Atal Setu (Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Road) (Hindustan Times)

The bridge originates from Sewri in Mumbai and ends at Nhava Sheva in Uran taluka in Raigad district. It is expected to boost economic development in Navi Mumbai and other nearby areas. It has shortened the distance between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai to just 20 minutes which earlier took 2 hours. Authorities claim it will also resolve the problem of traffic jams in the region.

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The maximum speed limit for four-wheelers on the bridge has been fixed at 100 kmph by the Mumbai Police. Motorbikes, autorickshaws and tractors won’t be allowed to run on it.

Here are some other amazing details about the Atal Setu

  • A marvel of engineering, steel equivalent to the weight of 500 Boeing aeroplanes and 17 times that of the Eiffel Tower's weight was used for its construction.
  • 177,903 metric tonnes of steel and 504,253 metric tonnes of cement were used in its construction.
  • The bridge also reduces the distance between Mumbai and Pune Expressway. It will also provide connection to areas like the under-construction Navi Mumbai International Airport.
  • 70,000 vehicles are expected to use the bridge everyday, reported ANI.
  • The construction of the bridge began in 2018. It is the 12th longest sea bridge in the world.

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