Danish consultancy services provider Cowi has secured a contract to provide the detailed design for the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link bridge in India.
The project is being developed by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
Touted to be the longest sea crossing bridge in the country, the new 22.8km bridge will offer provide a crucial upgrade of the infrastructure linking south Mumbai with Navi Mumbai.
Furthermore, the link will connect to Nhava Sheva Port, Mumbai-Goa Highway, Mumbai-Pune Expressway and the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport.
Cowi said that the harbour link will traverse through Sewri mudflats, Pir Pau Jetty and also Thane Creek channels. The project will also include an orthotropic steel deck crossing several obligatory navigation channels.
Cowi senior vice president for bridges Henrik Andersen said: "We have worked with design of bridges in India for a number of years and the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link has been on the agenda for some time as one of the largest bridge projects in India.
"We are therefore very proud to be part of the team that are going to make it happen. This is only possible through our continued focus on technical excellence and our proven track record of delivering complex bridge designs on time to our clients.”
In 2017, MMRDA has awarded contracts to a consortium of Larsen and Toubro (L&T) and Japan-based IHI, a consortium of Daweoo and Tata Projects Limited (TPL), and L&T to construct the Sewri side of sea bridge (Package 1), the Navi Mumbai side of sea-bridge (Package 2), and the bridge portion on land towards Chirle (Package 3), respectively.
With a length of more than 10km, package 1 is the longest of the three packages. Construction cost for package 1 alone is about €1bn.
Construction on the project is expected to commence later this year and will complete within four-and-a-half years. Upon completion, the project is expected to reduce travel time by an hour.