Finally the Bandra Worli Sea link was thrown open for public on Wednesday, 1st July, 2009. This project is among the most complex & advanced construction projects ever in India. Before moving ahead let’s have a look at the inauguration ceremony of the sea link.
After the light moment, let’s talk about the statistical facts and figures related to the grand project.
- Initiated in the year 1999, its foundation was laid by Shiv Sena head Balasaheb Thackeray.
- Project was plagued with issues regarding environment and habitat surrounding the place henceforth and was only able to start in 2004.
- The estimated cost of then Rs. 400 crore was escalated to Rs 1,306 crore to Rs 1,634 crore.
- The Rs. 1600 crore ($ 400 Million approx.) project of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is being executed by Hindustan Construction Company.
- Sea link length- 5.6-km, 3.8 km over the sea
- Height of the cable-stayed tower = up to 126 meters (43-storey building)
- Weight= 50,000 African elephants
- Steel wire used= circumference of the earth
- Cement used- 90,000 tons
But as always the case with all the big projects, this one also has its own share of issues to be taken care of. Major part is due to the dog-fight among the politicians. It all started with Mr. Sharad Powar suggesting that BWSL should be named after Late Rajeev Gandhi. Now the issue was quite natural to arise – Why him? It went as foray in opposition. Everybody came up with their own set of names with various reasons for justification. And now they fight over the petite issue while the “Aam Junta” started their day with enthusiasm and excitement for their first drive on the sea link. Here the issues that arrived were the one that should have been taken care of, but our dear netas are too busy with naam karan sankaar.
First of all, the exorbitant toll price of Rs. 50 (I don’t think that it’s too much) but keeping in mind the regular commuters who will use the link it is a bit on high side. Then there is a speed limit been set at 50 kmph. And right from the start of day 1, it came to everybody’s attention that even driving at that speed is not possible. It is predicted now that it may not even take 3000 cars an hour. Then the problem of congestion at Bandra end. The second phase of this project, traffic regulations, security all this things add to the pool. But then it’s the start only and it takes some time for settlement. A few flyovers have already been proposed at different places to cut out on traffic for instance. New strategies will be formulated and be implemented upon in due course of time.
I’ll go for a ride tomorrow and have a feel of the new bridge. You for the time being feast your eyes with these pics.
* For more pics of BWSL, go to http://sea-link.blogspot.com/