The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link has received the green signal from the Forest Advisory Committee. There is a clause though that the sea link over sensitive mangrove areas must be constructed within three years and six months.
The MTHL proposal was on the December 22-23 agenda of the Expert Appraisal Committee, but the EAC deferred its decision on the grounds that the legal and procedural aspects of the case need to be examined by the Union ministry of environment and forests. Once both FAC and EAC approvals go through, construction on the project can begin.
CM Devendra Fadnavis has said the MTHL will be commissioned by 2019. If all goes according to plan, senior Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials said work on constructing the bridge should begin in November this year. MMRDA officials are confident about the go-ahead though they are yet to receive the environment clearance and forest clearance in writing.