MTHL snippets

The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) corridor, which will connect Sewri to Nhava Sheva, has finally got green signals from both, the ministry of environment and forests, as well as the coastal regulatory zone authority. Both clearances came in a single day , a few days ago.
On Saturday , chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that he would take the first ride on the corridor in 2019--the expected deadline for its completion.Construction will start this year.“MTHL will connect the eastern coast; it will be the link that brings Mumbai and Navi Mumbai closer,“ said Fadnavis at a function held at the Sahyadri guesthouse.
“As soon as an official notification of the permissions is issued, we will go for a financial closure of the project with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The agency is ready to fund MTHL at 1.4% rate of interest and tenders will be issued by March,“ he added. JICA has consented to fund 80% of the project cost.
Fadnavis said Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave both clearances in a single day .
In October 2015, the national green tribunal had suspended CRZ clearance granted in 2013. It had observed the clearance procedure was not followed properly by both the ministry of environment and the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority , and there were discrepancies in the number marine areas that would be affected due to the project.

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