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PM Modi inaugurates projects worth Rs 30,500 cr in Maharashtra

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The Prime Minister also inaugurated the ‘Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sewri-Nhava Sheva Atal Setu’ in Navi Mumbai which is India’s longest bridge and seabridge

MUMBAI, Jan 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated projects worth more than Rs 30,500 crore during his visit to Maharashtra, including the country’s longest bridge and seabridge, the extension of a suburban rail corridor and a mega facilitation centre for gems and jewellery, and laid the foundation stone of a tunnel road in south Mumbai.
He first inaugurated the Rs 17,840 crore Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sewri-Nhava Sheva Atal Setu, also called the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, which will cut the distance between Mumbai and the satellite city of Navi Mumbai from some hours to 15-20 minutes, in the process boosting development in the region, which houses a mega port and also an upcoming international airport.
The Atal Setu, which is the longest bridge and seabridge in the country, is 21.8 kilometre long, including a 16.5 portion over sea, and will reduce the distance from the metropolis to the Navi Mumbai International Airport and also cut travel time to major areas like Pune, the state’s second largest city, and further to Goa and the rest of south India.
It will also improve connectivity between Mumbai Port, in the southern part of the metropolis, and Jawaharlal Nehru Port, one of the country’s most important trade facilities, located in Nhava Sheva in neighbouring Raigad district, officials said.
Incidentally, the foundation stone of the Atal Setu was laid by PM Modi in December 2016, and it has been constructed at rapid pace despite the COVID-19 slowdown in the interim, they said.
At a well attended function in Ulwe in Navi Mumbai, Modi also inaugurated the 14.60 kilometre Kharkopar-Uran stretch of the 27 kilometre Belapur-Seawoods-Uran suburban corridor. It has been built at a cost of Rs 2973.35 crore, which was shared in the 67-33 ratio between the Maharashtra government’s planning authority CIDCO and the Railways, respectively.
The line has been in the works since the 1990s and faced numerous delays. The second phase inaugurated by PM Modi has five stations and several bridges. Presently 40 suburban services are operated on this route, and the extension till Uran will boost connectivity to the region, including its SEZ.
The PM commissioned the Digha Gaon railway line on the Thane-Vashi transharbour line of Central Railway, which will decongest Thane and Airoli stations on the route.
He also dedicated to the nation the 6th line between Khar and Goregaon, which will allow segregation of long distance and suburban trains on Western Railway’s Mumbai division. The 8.8 kilometre stretch, built at a cost of Rs 425 crore, was completed in November 2023.
He laid the foundation stone of the ambitious 9.2 kilometre tunnel connecting Orange Gate on Eastern Freeway and Marine Drive at a cost of Rs 8,700 crore.
The PM dedicated the first phase of the Surya regional bulk drinking water project, which has been built at a cost of Rs 1,975 crore. It will greatly augment supply in Thane and Palghar districts.
Modi also inaugurated ‘Bharat Ratnam’ (Mega Common Facilitation Centre) for the gems and jewellery sector at Santacruz Electronic Export Processing Zone- Special Economic Zone (SEEPZ SEZ) in Mumbai, which is first of its kind in India with best available machines in the world, including 3D Metal printing.
The PM inaugurated the New Enterprises and Services Tower (NEST)-01 at SEEPZ- SEZ. (PTI)

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