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PM Modi inaugurates Atal Setu, India's longest sea bridge connecting Mumbai with Navi Mumbai

PM Modi in Maharashtra: PM will inaugurate 'Bharat Ratnam' (Mega Common Facilitation Centre) for the gems and jewellery sector at Santacruz Electronic Export Processing Zone-Special Economic Zone, which is 1st of its kind in India with best available machines in the world.

Edited By: Sheenu Sharma @20sheenu Mumbai Updated on: January 12, 2024 17:53 IST
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Image Source : PTI PM Modi inaugurates India's longest sea-bridge Atal Setu in Mumbai.

PM Modi in Maharashtra: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated India's longest sea-bridge, Atal Setu in Mumbai and also unveiled multiple projects worth over Rs 30,500 crore in the state. The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sewri-Nhava Sheva 'Atal Setu', has been built at a cost of about Rs 17,840 crore.

After the inauguration, the Prime Minister visited a gallery at the inaugural ceremony of Atal Setu.


Earlier, addressing the Rashtriya Yuva Mahotsav at Tapovan Ground in Nashik, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Today is a day of the youth power of India. This day is dedicated to the great man who filled India with new energy in the days of slavery... I am glad to be here on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand. My greetings on Rashtriya Yuva Divas. Today is the birth anniversary of Rajmata Jija Bai, who is the symbol of 'Nari Shakti' in India."

PM Modi roadshow:

PM Modi held a roadshow in Nashik today. He offered prayers at Shree Kalaram Mandir in the city and also attended the National Youth Festival. He also paid floral tribute to Swami Vivekananda in Nashik on his birth anniversary.

27th National Youth Festival:

Prime Minister inaugurated the 27th National Youth Festival (NYF) in Nashik on Friday. The National Youth Festival is organised every year from January 12 to 16 with January 12 being the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The host state for the festival this year is Maharashtra. The theme of this year's Festival is 'Viksit Bharat@ 2047: For the youth, by the youth'.

NYF seeks to create a forum where youth from different regions of India can share their experiences and strengthen foundations for a united nation, in the spirit of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. About 7500 youth delegates from across the country will take part in the Festival at Nashik. 

Various events including cultural performances, indigenous sports, declamation and thematic based presentation, young artist camp, poster making, story writing, youth convention, food festival will be organised.

Atal Setu inauguration:

Prime Minister's vision is to improve the 'ease of mobility' of citizens by strengthening urban transport infrastructure and connectivity. The Mumbai Transharbour link (MTHL), now named 'Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sewri - Nhava Sheva Atal Setu' has been built in line with this vision.

The foundation stone of the bridge was laid by PM Modi in December 2016. Atal Setu has been constructed at a total cost of more than Rs 17,840 crore. It is about 21.8 km-long six-lane bridge having about 16.5 km length over sea and about 5.5 km on land.

Know all about Atal Setu/ Mumbai Trans Harbour Link:

  1. Atal Setu Bridge is India's longest bridge built on sea spanning more than 21 kilometers
  2. The Atal Setu Bridge aims to reduce time of travel from 90 minutes to 20 minutes and aims to cater 70,000 vehicles everyday
  3. The MTHL will further connect to the arterial Mumbai Pune Expressway, which links the state's two largest cities
  4. The MTHL is a 6-lane sea link, with 16.50 kilometre of the stretch on sea and 5.50 km on land
  5. The MTHL will offer quick access to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, the Mumbai-Goa Highway, the Virar-Raigad corridor, the Mumbai Port Authority and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority, the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport and other major infrastructure and development projects, besides a new gate-way to the coastal Konkan region
  6. The 21.8-kilometre long bridge between Sewri in Mumbai and Nhava Sheva area in Raigad district will bring down the journey from the current two hours to around 15-20 minutes. 
  7. The project consists of an approximately 22 km long 6-tier (3+3-lane, 2 emergency lane) bridge connecting Shivdi in Mumbai city and Nhava on the mainland
  8. The maximum speed limit for four-wheelers on the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link will be 100 kmph, while motorbikes, autorickshaws and tractors won't be allowed on the sea bridge, the police said.
  9. Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) is a 22 km long Bridge across the sea to connect Mumbai island city with the southern part of Navi Mumbai
  10. The link will feature interchanges at Sewri in Mumbai and Shivaji Nagar, Jassi, and Chirle on National Highway 4B at the Navi Mumbai end
  11. The project-affected persons have been rehabilitated and the fishermen whose livelihoods have been affected by the implementation of the project have been compensated in accordance with government policies

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Image Source : EKNATH SHINDE (X) India's longest sea bridge 'Atal Setu' in Maharashtra

During the visit, the Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of underground road tunnel connecting Eastern Freeway's Orange Gate and launch Namo Mahila Shashaktikaran Abhiyaan in the state.

At Navi Mumbai, the Prime Minister will unveil development projects worth more than Rs 12,700 crore in the public programme. The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of the underground road tunnel connecting Eastern Freeway's Orange Gate to Marine Drive. The 9.2 km tunnel will be built at a cost of more than Rs 8,700 crore and will be a significant infrastructure development in Mumbai that will reduce travel time between Orange Gate and Marine Drive. The Prime Minister will dedicate phase 1 of the Surya regional bulk drinking water project to the nation. The project, developed at a cost of more than Rs 1,975 crore will provide drinking water supply to the Palghar and Thane district of Maharashtra, benefiting about 14 lakh people.

Railway projects inauguration:

During the programme, Prime Minister will dedicate about Rs 2,000-crore railway projects to the nation. These include the dedication of 'Phase 2 of Uran-Kharkopar railway line' which will enhance connectivity to Navi Mumbai as suburban services running between Nerul/Belapur to Kharkopar will now be extended to Uran. Prime Minister will also flag off the inaugural run of the EMU train from Uran railway station to Kharkopar. Other rail projects that will be dedicated to the nation include a new suburban station 'Digha Gaon' on the Thane-Vashi/Panvel Trans-Harbour line and the new sixth line between Khar Road and Goregaon railway station. The projects will benefit the thousands of daily commuters in Mumbai.

Projects for gems and jewellery sector: 

Prime Minister will inaugurate 'Bharat Ratnam' (Mega Common Facilitation Centre) for the gems and jewellery sector at Santacruz Electronic Export Processing Zone-Special Economic Zone (SEEPZ SEZ), which is the first of its kind in India with best available machines in the world, including 3D metal printing. This will house a training school for the skilling of the workforce for this sector, including specially-abled students. The Mega CFC will transform the export sector in the gems and jewellery trade and will help domestic manufacturing.

The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the New Enterprises and Services Tower (NEST)- 01 at SEEPZ-SEZ. The NEST-01 is primarily for gem and jewellery sector units which will be relocated from existing Standard Design Factory - I. The new tower has been designed for large scale production and as per the demand of the industry.

Namo Mahila Shashaktikaran Abhiyaan:

The Prime Minister will also launch Namo Mahila Shashaktikaran Abhiyaan. The Abhiyaan aims to empower women in the state of Maharashtra by providing skill development training and exposure to entrepreneurship development. The Abhiyaan will also undertake the effort towards the convergence and saturation of women development programmes of the state and central governments. The release said that it has been the constant endeavour of the Prime Minister to make youth a key part of the development journey of the country."

(With agencies inputs) 

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