Thursday, June 20, 2024

Atal Setu

Mumbai’s highly anticipated Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), also known as Atal Setu, is poised to open this month, introducing a toll of Rs 250 for car commuters. The Maharashtra Cabinet has approved the toll proposal, modifying the initially suggested toll of Rs 500 per trip to Rs 250 for cars, as proposed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority and revised by the Urban Development Department.

The proposed toll is slated for a 30-year duration, from 2024 to 2053, with the first five years serving as a period for assessing traffic flow and financial patterns, potentially leading to further adjustments in toll rates. The toll rates are expected to experience a 6 percent annual increase, with varying charges for different vehicles, including mini buses, buses/2-axle trucks, 3-axle trucks, 4-6 axle vehicles, and oversized vehicles.

The MTHL, with a cost of Rs 17,843 crore and spanning 21.8 km, will connect Sewri in Mumbai to Chirle in Navi Mumbai, featuring six lanes, including a significant portion built over water. Envisioned to reduce travel distance between South Mumbai and Chirle by about 30 km, the bridge aims to shorten travel time from hours to just 16 minutes.

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