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  • Atal Setu, also known as the Mumbai Trans Harbor Link (MTHL).

  • It is a 22-kilometer cable-stayed bridge connecting the cities of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai in India

  • This bridge was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 12, 2024.

  • Atal Setu is the longest bridge in India and one of the longest bridges in the world

  • The bridge has eight vehicle lanes, four in each direction

  • This bridge was built to reduce traffic congestion between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

  • This bridge was built by a consortium consisting of Larsen & Toubro, Afcons Infrastructure, and Tata Projects. 

  • Construction of this bridge began in 2018 and took approximately six years to complete.

  • The bridge has eight vehicle lanes, which is the longest in India.

  • This bridge has eight steel cables, each 1,200 meters long.

  • The bridge was built using advanced technology, including automatic welding techniques and computer control systems.

  • Atal Setu is expected to reduce travel time between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai from about two hours to about 30 minutes. 

  • This bridge is also expected to encourage economic growth in the region.

  • Reduce traffic congestion between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

  • Speeds up travel time between the two cities.

  • Improves accessibility to Navi Mumbai.

  • Encourage economic growth in the region.

  • Atal Setu is one of the largest infrastructure projects in India. 

  • This bridge is a symbol of India's technological and economic progress.

Ecological fallout

  • People residing on the coast feel otherwise.

  • Traditional fishing communities will have to pay a heavy price for all the development projects being carried out in fishing zones without their consent.

  • The entire Atal Setu project has been built on hundreds of concrete pillars constructed in intertidal fishing zones. 

  • He added that the deposition of sediments in these zones has wreaked havoc on the ecology of these areas, leading to hundreds of hectares of rich fishing zones being transformed into thick

mangrove cover, which impacts biodiversity as well as the thousands of traditional fishers.

  • Traditional fishers possess exclusive rights to the fishing zones as per the Maharashtra Revenue Land Code, 1966, under Article 20.

  • He demanded that government agencies consult the fishing community before announcing such projects that have an impact on their livelihood.



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