MTHL: First girder launched

Maharashtra Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray launched the first girder of the 22 km-long Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link at Sewri. It will be the country’s longest bridge over the sea.

The launch took place 60 days ahead of its planned schedule as the region’s development agency, MMRDA, said it has completed 25% of work. “Work on the project is on in full swing... I’m told that the project could be completed before its scheduled date.”

About concerns of migratory birds, avoiding the Sewri mud pan-flats, he said, “I did find flamingos around.”

Urban development minister Eknath Shinde said, the 6-lane-bridge will link Sewri and Nhava Sheva. “It will reduce travel time up to 3 hours,” he said.

MMRDA chief R A Rajeev said the bridge is an engineering marvel and a milestone in construction.

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