Mumbai's Bandra-Worli Sea Link to tackle traffic congestion
The Bandra Worli sea link's inauguration may have brought some good news for daily traveller between the Bandra flyover and Love Grove Junction, Worli. In peak times, this mere 10 km stretch took hours to cross, while even in normal conditions, the travel time was some where between 35 - 40 minutes. Now, with the launch of the 5.6 Km long bridge, the traffic time is estimated to fall to just eight minutes.
The project began in the year 2003 when the Rs. 1600 crore project of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) was awarded to Hindustan Construction Company. M/s Dar Consultants (U.K) Ltd. & M/s Dar Consultants (India) Pvt. Ltd. is looking after the design, proof check and supervises the various components of the project. The bridge consists of a twin four lane deck linking Worli and Bandra across the Mahim Bay. The 8-lane original project design has been modified to include two separate towers for the main cable stay bridge.
An equivalent of 120,000 passenger cars travel across the only other alternative, the Mahim Causeway everyday, and this bridge will help reduce the bottlenecks the traffic faced during peak times. Access will be controlled on the Worli end by toll plazas on the Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Road, and on the Bandra end by toll plazas at Love Grove Junction. A toll plaza with 16 lanes and an approximate length of 410 metres is provided at the Bandra end. The toll plaza will be equipped with state-of-the-art toll collection system. As of now, no two or three wheeler vehicle will be allowed to ply on the bridge to keep a tab on the traffic flow.
Bajaj Electricals is responsible for the lighting of the bridge, which fetched it a Rs. 9 crore contract. Around 1000 KW power is expected to be consumed per day.
Video of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link: