PM Modi: On January 12, 2024, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will officially open the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), which will represent a major turning point in the country’s infrastructural development. Being the longest sea bridge in India, the ‘Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sewari-Nhava Sheva Atal Setu’ bridge is also the 12th longest sea bridge in the world.
“I am excited to be with the Maharashtra community on January 12, which is also Jija Mata and Swami Vivekananda’s Jayanti. I’m going to the National Youth Festival and the Shree Kalaram Mandir in Nashik for prayers,” PM Modi wrote on X. On Friday, January 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch MTHL. On December 31, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde told ANI that the bridge would lead to economic growth and development in the areas that are connected to it.
At about 3:30 pm in Mumbai, Prime Minister Modi will formally approve the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sewari-Nhava Sheva Atal Setu, the longest sea bridge in India. Sanjay Mukherjee, MMRDA’s metropolitan commissioner, stated, “The steel used in the construction of this bridge is 17 times that of the Eiffel Tower.” The steel used in the structure is four times that of the Howrah Bridge. The concrete utilized in the construction of this significant sea link is also six times that used in the construction of the Statue of Liberty (in the United States).”
According to an official statement, Atal Setu cost more than Rs 17,840 crore to build. It is a 21.8 km long six-lane bridge with approximately 16.5 kilometers over the sea and 5.5 kilometers on land. It is India’s longest bridge and sea bridge.