Trans-Harbour Link project gets green ministry’s nod
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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