March 31, 2010

Great News, Bandra Worli Sealink Opened

Bandra Worli Sealink Now Opened, its great news for Mumbai people while who inaugurated this sea link kept an unforgettable bitter memory, I am talking about Big B Amitav Bachan, finally all well that ends well, 46 years after first being conceived and many years spent in delay, the BWSL is finally open to public. I drove there today morning and had the following observations:
- Despite being touted as an 8-lane road, the BWSL only consists of 4-lanes as of now. In fact, construction of the other 4 lanes is far from being complete as this photo of the exit at Worli clearly shows.
- Cranes are still there on the Central Tower and the two smaller towers. Work is obviously in progress here.
- Dispersal at Worli will remain a problem. Today, we had to go to the opposite end of Worli Sea Face road to take a U-turn and drive back to South Mumbai. Hopefully this arrangement is only for today and there will be a direct right turn at the exit point itself.
- Keeping the speed limit at 50kmph pretty much kills the point of such a bridge. Doubt it will be adhered to.
- Without a Worli-Haji Ali-Nariman Point link, this is just one part of the Western Freeway project. It will only benefit those who live/work around Bandra/Worli. For everyone else, they will only move faster from one traffic jam to another.
But for whatever it's worth, this is a significant event in Mumbai's creaking infrastructure saga.
At last I would like to say that this sea link not only shorten the distance between Bandra & Worli but also beautifies the infrastructure of Mumbai.


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