Mumbai: Has Traffic Been Disrupted at Atal Setu After Alleged Cracks?

India’s longest sea bridge, Atal Setu, is in the news due to allegations of emerging cracks, just five months after its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole's claims prompted a response from MMRDA, which clarified that the cracks are on a service road, not the bridge itself. MMRDA assured that repair work is underway and traffic flow remains unaffected.
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Mumbai: Has Traffic Been Disrupted at Atal Setu After Alleged Cracks? (Image Credits: Times Now, iStock)

Mumbai: India’s longest sea bridge is in the news again. This time for not-so-charming reasons. The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, officially named as Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sewri–Nhava Sheva Atal Setu, a.k.a. Atal Setu has said to have developed cracks within five months of its inauguration. This has raised eyebrows of commuters if the traffic flow has been affected on the stretch.
On Friday, Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole alleged that cracks have emerged on Atal Setu, which was thrown open by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The speculation led to a quick response from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
The civic body said the cracks appeared on a service road, and repair work was underway. “There have been rumours circulating about cracks on the MTHL bridge. We want to clarify that these cracks are not on the bridge itself but on the approach road connecting the MTHL from Ulwe towards Mumbai,” wrote MMRDA on X, formerly Twitter.

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Adding to MMRDA’s statement, Kailash Ganatra, Project Head of Atal Setu PKG 4 (STRABAG), said the service road had to be built at the eleventh hour due to the lack of a coastal road. He argued that the solid settles in the first rain, which was why the crack emerged on the road. He said the cracks are of a minor nature, and they will be fixed by the evening of June 22.

Traffic Update

Ganatra said that traffic flow on Atal Setu has remained as it was. There is no disruption to the vehicle movement. However, he added, the restoration work is underway, and no problem will be caused to the commuters. After the news of cracks, and repair work emerged, it concerned Mumbaikars if the traffic at Atal Setu will come to a halt. The speculations were dismissed by MMRDA on Friday itself.
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