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13th January, 2024 Economy

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Context: The inauguration of the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), India's longest sea bridge, by the Prime Minister, marked a transformative phase for Mumbai's real estate sector.

Key Points

  • The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), officially named Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Trans Harbour Link (Atal Setu) and also known as Sewri–Nhava Sheva Trans Harbour Link, is a monumental feat of engineering, recently inaugurated on January 12, 2024.
  • This 21.8 km, 6-lane Bridge connects Mumbai with its satellite city, Navi Mumbai, across the Thane Creek. It comprises a 16.5 km sea link and 5.5 km of viaducts on land at both ends, making it the longest sea bridge in India and the 12th longest in the world.
  • The MTHL is expected to significantly reduce travel time between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, currently plagued by heavy traffic congestion. It is estimated to cut travel time from 2 hours to just 20 minutes, boosting economic activity, trade, and overall connectivity within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
  • The bridge features the first use of orthotropic decks in India, enabling longer spans and increased structural efficiency.
  • The bridge is equipped with advanced traffic monitoring and surveillance systems to ensure safety and security.


  • The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link is expected to have a transformative impact on the real estate landscape, fostering growth in previously less accessible regions and contributing to the overall development of Mumbai's real estate sector.

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Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL): https://www.iasgyan.in/daily-current-affairs/mumbai-trans-harbour-link-mthl 


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