MTHL To Be Completed By May 26; Will Have AI-Based Cameras To Detect Vehicle Breakdowns

by Mallika Khurana
MTHL To Be Completed By May 26; Will Have AI-Based Cameras To Detect Vehicle Breakdowns

On May 25 and 26, the 16.5-kilometre-long deck of the Mumbai Trans Harbour Sea Link is planned to be finished. Vehicles will reportedly be allowed on the bridge once the installation of the entire sea link deck is complete. When completed, the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link will be the longest sea bridge in India. This link will have space for nearly 70,000 vehicles. The prime goal of his sea link is to connect Mumbai and Navi Mumbai via the MTHL. It will consequently ease traffic and boost the economy as well.

AI-Enabled Cameras Will Be Installed On The MTHL

Photo Credits: Twitter/Chandrashekhar Dhage

According to The Times of India, after the deck is installed, MMRDA will start focusing on paving, waterproofing, and constructing crash barriers at the sea link. According to the authorities, after the infrastructure is completed,  work will also begin on installing lampposts, CCTV cameras, and toll infrastructure.
In order to efficiently manage traffic congestion, the MMRDA also plans to install cameras with artificial intelligence enhancements. Once it is set up, the control room will be informed of vehicle breakdowns by these AI-enabled cameras. As per the TOI report, this feature will allow the authorities to tow disabled vehicles using the emergency lane.

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Open Road Tolling System Will Also Be Enabled

On the MTHL sea bridge, the Open Road Tolling (ORT) system will also be put to use. It will be the first time ORT has been used in India. Theoretically, the new system should allow commuters to pass the toll booth without stopping. They will be able to pay the toll at speeds up to 100 kmph.

The construction cost of MTHL was roughly Rs. 18,000 crore. Once it is open to the public for use, it will significantly affect the travel time from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai. It will take 15 to 20 minutes to get from Sewri, which is in the heart of Mumbai, to Chirle, which is in Navi Mumbai. With the 22-kilometre bridge, connectivity between Mumbai and Goa, Pune, and Nagpur will be improved.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is the organisation in charge of developing the project. This state-run organisation in Maharashtra receives funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Cover Image Courtesy: Twitter/Chandrashekhar Dhage