Trans-Har­bour Link pro­ject gets green min­istry’s nod

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ke­taki Ghoge ke­taki.ghoge@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The much-awaited 22-km Mum­bai Trans-Har­bour Link (MTHL) pro­ject may fi­nally get off the ground af­ter an ex­pert appraisal com­mit­tee (EAC) of the Union min­istry of en­vi­ron­ment, for­est and cli­mate change (MoEFCC) gave its go ahead.

The sea link, which will con­nect the is­land city at Sewri to Chirle, Nhava, on the main­land, has had sev­eral false starts. With MoEFCC’s nod, the state govern­ment hopes to is­sue ten­ders for the pro­ject by March-end and be­gin work by year-end.

The min­utes of the EAC meet­ing of De­cem­ber 30, is­sued on Fri­day, said the com­mit­tee rec­om­mended grant­ing ap­proval for the pro­ject. The clear­ance came af­ter the com­mit­tee con­sid­ered the re­vised Rs335-crore en­vi­ron­ment man­age­ment plan of the Mum­bai Metropoli­tan Re­gion De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MMRDA) as well as state’s ar­gu­ments as to why the pro­ject did not re­quire scru­tiny un­der the En­vi­ron­ment Im­pact As­sess­ment no­ti­fi­ca­tion (EIA), 2006.

HT had re­ported on Jan­uary 8 that the Cen­tre was ex­pected to give a go ahead to the pro­ject.

The EAC on in­fra­struc­ture, CRZ-af­fected projects ap­praised the sea bridge fol­low­ing an or­der from the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal (NGT) in Oc­to­ber last year, which had stayed the coastal clear­ance for six months.

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