“Dreams are coming true 10 years later. The sea bridge is a reflection of Viksit Bharat …It shows India’s infrastructural prowess and march towards being a developed nation,” PM Modi said at the inauguration.
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The foundation stone for the six-lane trans-harbour bridge, spanning 21.8 km with a 16.5 km long sea-link, was laid by PM Modi in December 2016.
The PM highlighted the change in the country’s development trajectory, stating, “In the past, discussions revolved around mega scams. But now, we are witnessing the completion of mega projects. Dreams that seemed impossible are becoming a reality.”
He emphasised that the Atal Setu reflects India’s infrastructure capabilities and its progress towards becoming a developed nation.
Furthermore, the PM mentioned upcoming projects that will contribute to Maharashtra’s economic growth, including the Navi Mumbai International Airport, the Coastal Road in Mumbai, AURIC (Aurangabad Industrial City), the Mumbai-Delhi Industrial Corridor, and the bullet train.
PM Modi also expressed gratitude to the government of Japan and paid tribute to late Japanese PM Shinzo Abe for their collaboration in completing the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link project.
In addition to inaugurating the Atal Setu, PM Modi also opened the new suburban railway station, Digha Gaon, on the Thane-Vashi/Panvel trans-harbour line. He also inaugurated the 6th line between Khar Road and Goregaon railway stations in Mumbai.
The completion of the Atal Setu and the launch of these railway projects signify the government’s commitment to enhancing connectivity and improving infrastructure in the region. These developments are expected to boost Maharashtra’s economy and pave the way for further progress in the years to come.
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