Atal Setu – – India The News


The country’s longest bridge, built at a cost of Rs 17,840 crore and named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last Friday. With the construction of Atal Setu, the distance between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai has reduced. The journey between Mumbai and Pune has also become easier. It is not only the longest sea bridge in the country but also the longest bridge of any kind. It is also called Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL). This bridge connects South Mumbai to Nhava-Sheva in Navi Mumbai. The residents of Mumbai were waiting for this bridge for a long time. Prime Minister Modi had laid the foundation stone of this bridge in December 2016. It is a six-lane bridge about 22 kilometers long, of which about 16.5 km is on the sea and about 5.5 km on land. It is the 12th longest sea bridge in the world.

On this occasion, Modi said, ‘Atal Setu Trans-Harbour Link demonstrates India’s strength in the field of infrastructure, it shows that the country is moving towards becoming a developed nation. I thank the Government of Japan and remember the late Shinzo Abe, with whom we both pledged to complete the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link project. In the last 10 years, the country has seen its dreams turning into reality. Atal Setu has been built under public-private partnership. Four companies have participated along with the government in its construction. Its construction was started in the year 2018. Larsen & Toubro, IHI Infrastructure, Daewoo Engineering & Construction and Tata Projects have built this sea bridge in collaboration with the government. The nodal agency for its construction was Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority.

Japan International Corporation Agency has played an important role in providing funding to it. Keeping the security issue in mind, some important guidelines have been issued. Under this, motorcycles, mopeds, three-wheelers, autos and tractors will not run on this sea bridge. The maximum speed of four-wheeler, mini bus and two-axle vehicle has been fixed at 100 kilometers per hour. The speed on the ascent and descent of the bridge will not exceed 40 kilometers per hour.

Atal Setu is not only a bridge made of iron and cement but is also a bridge that opens the way for India’s development. This bridge is also going to open the way for India’s bright future. If India wants to establish its identity as a developed country, it will have to strengthen its infrastructure. The construction of Atal Setu is a big step taken in that direction.

– Irwin Khanna (Chief Editor Dainik Uttam Hindu).

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