By Accommodation Times News Services
The long pending ambitious project Mumbai Trans Harbour Link worth Rs. 11, 000 crore, which is expected to improve connectivity of Mumbai island city to the main land Navi Mumbai, in order to decongest Mumbai city and develop Navi Mumbai Region was planned by Government of Maharashtra.
Since long time the project is facing many hurdles, the Environment Ministry has not yet given all forest clearance to the project and the project was for lacking funds. Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) had withheld the clearance that was given to the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), which will connect Sewri with Nhava Sheva, as the project would have affected the present mangrove cover and flamingo habitat in the area. The issue is still pending.
The funding issue for the project seems to be solved soon, as Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has approached Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) for seeking funds for 22 km sea link. The proposal for the same has been submitted to Govt. of India from the Govt. of Maharashtra.
As per the officials of MMRDA, “JICA has shown interest in funding for the project and they are ready to fund 50 per cent of the project cost. The proposal is still pending, but we are expecting the approvals soon. The rest 50 per cent of the project cost will be arranged by the government. We are hoping for the project to be commenced soon.”