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Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s longest sea bridge

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According to the report, this bridge under the ‘Mumbai Trans Harbor Link’ project is named after the late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s longest sea bridge in Mumbai, India. It will take only 20 minutes to cover the 21 km distance from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai thanks to this bridge which was built to make the communication system smoother and faster. Media Anandabazar Patrika reported this information.

According to the report, this bridge under the ‘Mumbai Trans Harbor Link’ project is named after the late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The name is ‘Sewari-Nabseba Atal Setu’. About 178,000 tons of steel has been used in the construction of this sea bridge, which is about 28 kilometers long (including connecting roads). When this six-lane bridge is opened, the journey of about one and a half hours by car will be reduced to 20 minutes.

Modi was accompanied by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and state government ministers at the inauguration of the Mumbai Trans Harbor Link (MTHL) on Friday afternoon local time.

The 21.8 km long bridge has cost Rs 17,840 crore. The cost of the entire project is more than 21 thousand crore rupees. Of this, 16.5 km is over the sea. The bridge will connect the two international airports of Navi Mumbai and Mumbai which will benefit the tourists.

Besides, there will be facility in Jawaharlal Nehru port for transportation of goods. Travel time from Mumbai to Pune, Goa and Karnataka will also be reduced. During his visit to Maharashtra on Friday, Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone of several development programs including the 500-bed ‘Makeshift’ hospital, ‘Hawkarmukt Colaba’ project in Raigarh district. The total financial amount of which is about 13 thousand crore rupees. Modi said, 10 years ago such a large-scale development program was unthinkable.

Meanwhile, the media reported in a report by NDTV that Atal Setu is the first sea bridge in India, where an open road tolling system has been implemented. Vehicles will be able to pass through the toll booth at a speed of 100 km per hour without stopping.

The lights used on the bridge have also been carefully selected so that they do not disturb the aquatic environment, the media said, quoting news agency ANI.

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