Mumbai Trans Harbour Link project to be completed by 2022: Japanese Consul-General

The 22-km six-lane bridge is being constructed by Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and will be connecting the Mumbai harbour and the mainland, providing a direct access to the new International airport and Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

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On Wednesday, at a convention by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Ryoji Noda, the Japanese Consul-General in Mumbai said that the work of the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) which had commenced in April earlier this year, will be completed by 2022. Japan is a partner to the ₹14,260 crore project and is contributing approximately 80 per cent of the cost i.e. ₹9,000 crore.

Along the MTHL, Japan has also promised ₹4,000 crore for the Mumbai Metro-3 project which will be carrying passengers from Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ. The subway work of more than 5 km has been completed, as per an announcement from the metro construction company, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC). The project is expected to be resolved by December 2021.

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Talking at the CII convention, Noda exclaimed that the high-speed train project (bullet train) is also very crucial for the Japanese company. The ₹1.1 lakh crore project has already begun in Maharashtra and Gujarat despite huge resistance from various groups of villagers, tribals and political parties.

The Japanese representative also added that India has already received ₹22,000 crore aid under Japan’s Overseas Development Assistance which makes India the largest beneficiary with Mumbai at the focus of the investment.

He added that his country can help India in managing urban waste in a better manner since Japan recycles 85 per cent of its pet bottles.

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