Mumbai, 13th January 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his recent visit to Mumbai, inaugurated a transformative series of infrastructure projects valued at Rs 30,500 crore. The highlight among these initiatives is the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sewri-Nhava Sheva Atal Setu, a monumental 21.8-kilometre sea bridge, constructed for Rs 17,840 crore. This engineering marvel, featuring a 16.5-kilometre section over the sea, is expected to drastically reduce travel time between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai to just 15-20 minutes, providing a substantial boost to the region’s growth, particularly benefiting the major port and upcoming international airport zone.
The Atal Setu will significantly enhance connectivity between Mumbai Port in the south and Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Nhava Sheva, Raigad district, a critical trade facility for the nation.
In addition to the sea bridge, PM Modi inaugurated the 14.60-kilometer Kharkopar-Uran segment of the Belapur-Seawoods-Uran suburban corridor, an initiative costing Rs 2,973.35 crore. Jointly funded, with CIDCO contributing 67% and Railways covering the rest, this segment aims to bolster connectivity in the region, including the Special Economic Zone (SEZ).
Further, the Prime Minister opened the Digha Gaon railway line, designed to ease congestion at Thane and Airoli stations on the Thane-Vashi trans harbour line. The 6th line between Khar and Goregaon, constructed at Rs 425 crore, facilitates the separation of long-distance and suburban trains within Western Railway’s Mumbai division.
PM Modi also laid the foundation stone for a 9.2-kilometre tunnel connecting Orange Gate on Eastern Freeway and Marine Drive. Estimated at Rs 8,700 crore, this tunnel is expected to enhance traffic flow around Mumbai Port, CSMT, GPO, and Nariman Point.
The first phase of the Surya regional bulk drinking water project, constructed at Rs 1,975 crore, aims to significantly improve water supply in Thane and Palghar districts, benefiting a population of 14 lakh.
Additionally, PM Modi inaugurated the ‘Bharat Ratnam’ Mega Common Facilitation Centre for the gems and jewellery sector at Santacruz Electronic Export Processing Zone- Special Economic Zone (SEEPZ SEZ). This cutting-edge facility showcases advanced technology like 3D metal printing, positioning India as a leader in the gems and jewellery sector.
Finally, the inauguration of the New Enterprises and Services Tower (NEST)-01 at SEEPZ-SEZ, specifically designated for gem and jewellery units, is poised to accommodate large-scale production, aligning with industry demands and signalling a strategic shift from the current Standard Design Factory-I.