JNPT puts another spanner in harbour link

Wants MMRDA to increase height of Sewri-Nhava project for a short stretch coming in way of its expansion plans.

The much-delayed Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) is facing another stumbling block as the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has asked the city's development authority to raise the height of the Sewri-Nhava link for a short stretch coming in way of the port's expansion plans.

The JNPT recently asked the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to build the 22-km MTHL at a height of 51 metres for a span of 300 metres. A height of 51 metres is equivalent to a 17-storey building assuming one storey is three metres in height.

"We will have to negotiate with them as a height of 51 metres is not feasible. It will have a huge impact on the cost; we will have to think about funding and the alignment will need to be reworked a bit," an MMRDA official working on the project said.

"At the most it would be possible to have a height of 31 metres for that span. That will not have a major impact on the cost. We will convey this to them," he said, adding that it would not be possible to quantify the impact of increasing the height for a certain span on the cost of the project at the moment.

According to the current plan, the height of the MTHL which is said to have the longest sea link in the country is proposed to be 25 metres throughout.

The MTHL, which has been in the planning stages for more than three decades, has been proposed to be built at a cost of Rs 9,630 crore.

Ravi Raja, who is on the board of trustees of the JNPT, said they had cleared a proposal for the port to be expanded in September and had accordingly requested the MMRDA to increase the height of the MTHL.

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