Mumbai: Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray recently inspected the work of Mumbai Trans Harbor Link i.e. Mumbai Port. Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority Commissioner RA Rajiv and others were present on the occasion. The present work of the project was presented by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority.

The proposal for the Mumbai Port Port was under consideration for about 30 years to reduce the traffic congestion in the city of Mumbai and to develop the region in Navi Mumbai. The plan was to build a bridge between Shiwdi on Mumbai Island and Nhava on the mainland (Navi Mumbai) to speed up traffic between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

The Government ordered that the ownership and implementation of this project will be with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority as per the Government Resolution dated February 4, 2009. It was also directed that funds would be made available by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority for this project. The Mumbai Port Port was earlier planned as a road transport project. Government of Maharashtra As mentioned in the Government Resolution dated 8th June 2011, Mumbai Port Port has been given the status of Regional Development Project.

The project includes a 22 km long 6-lanebridge connecting Shivdi and Nhava on the mainland in Mumbai. The length of the bridge is 16.5 km at sea and the length of the overpass is approximately 5.5 km. The project will develop the region in Navi Mumbai and Raigad districts and will help reduce traffic congestion in Mumbai. This project will enable faster communication with the proposed Navi Mumbai Airport. Reducing the distance between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai and Konkan will save fuel and transportation costs.

Mumbai Port Development Project is being implemented by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority with a loan from JICA – Japan International Cooperation Agency. Jayaka conducted a preliminary survey of the project by appointing a consultant to check the feasibility of lending for the project. The survey examined the technical aspects as well as the impact of the project on the environment and social life. The final report on this preliminary survey has been received in August 2016. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs. 17,843 crore. These include construction costs, inflation, contingency expenses, land acquisition, administrative costs, interest during the construction period, etc. The loan agreement has been signed on March 27, 2020.

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has awarded Ecom Asia Company Ltd. – Padeko Company Ltd. for the project. Dar-al-Handash appointed TYLin International (Consortium) as a consultant in December 2016. The project will be constructed by 3 civil contractors and 1 intelligent transport system contractor. Larsen & Toubro Ltd., IHI Infrastructure Systems Co., Ltd. for Package-1 of the project. Ltd. Devu Engineering and Construction Company Ltd. for package-2 of Consortium, Tata Projects Ltd. for JV and Larsen & Toubro Ltd. for package-3 has been appointed as the contractor. Commencement orders have been issued on March 23, 2018. Construction of project piles, pile caps, bridge pillars is underway at the actual work site.

Work has also started on the construction of the bridge segment in the casting yard and the work of erection of the bridge segment and construction of the temporary bridge is in progress. At present the economic progress of the project is about 42%. The construction period of the project is about four and a half years.