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Chinese firm interested in Mumbai Trans Harbour Link
Chinese infrastructure major, China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) has expressed interest in constructing the much-awaited Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Wednesday.
 
The CCCC has also come up with financing options for the project, pending implementation since nearly 15 years, he said.
 
The discussions and subsequent developments took place during Fadnavis' recent visit to China as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's delegation.
 
Addressing media persons to mark the completition of the BJP-Shiv Sena government's six months in office, at a media meet organised by Mantralaya & Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh he said the CCCC is a state-owned entity of China.
 
"As part of the province-to-province ties between the two countries, an idea of the PM, Maharashtra state and Shandong region of China are considering various things, and this (MTHL) is one of them," he said.
 
Noting that CCCC is involved in urban transport projects, bridges, power and other infrastructure requirements, Fadnavis said his talks also veered to getting Chinese concessional funds to finance the MTHL.
 
The 22-km long MTHL, including 16.5 km over the Arabian Sea, is envisaged as a cable-stayed eight-lane bridge, with the possibility of a railway line being added, to connect Mumbai island with the mainland.
 
Two other bridges of this type are 36-km long Hangzhou Bay Bridge in China and the 26-km long King Fahd Causeway in Saudi Arabia.
 
The MTHL would have interchanges at Sewri in Mumbai and Chirle in Navi Mumbai, helping boost development on the mainland in Thane and Raigad.
 
It will ensure high speed connectivity to the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport and offer a quick link to Pune, Konkan and Goa, entailing huge savings in fuel and time.

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Bachchan family invests $71 mn in Singapore firm
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his family have invested around $71 million in Singapore-based file sharing portal Ziddu.com, a company official said on Wednesday.
 
"I am very happy and excited that Amitabh Bachchan has reposed confidence and trust on Ziddu.com," company founder Venkata Srinivas Meenavalli said in a statement.
 
The portal is owned by Meridian Tech Pvt Limited which offers free cloud storage besides operating in the e-distribution and micro payment platform.
 
Based on Google Analytics data, the company says it has generated 1.2 billion page views with more than 300 million visitors per month from 225 countries.

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Fighter jet lands on Yamuna Expressway
A Mirage-2000 fighter plane of Indian Air Force (IAF) landed on the Yamuna Expressway on Thursday and the IAF said it was a display of the capability to land fighter jets on highways.
 
"The IAF has been considering the use of national highways for emergency landing by fighter aircrafts," an IAF official said.
 
The official said the capability was displayed by the Mirage-2000, which got airborne from a base in 'central India'.
 
The official added the exercise was done in coordination with district administration of Agra and Mathura, and all necessary security preparations were in place.

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