Bandra Worli Sea Link – a photo post
The Bandra Worli sea link is meant to be an 8-lane bridge with supporting cables but as of now only 4 lanes are complete. Perhaps that is why two and three-wheelers are not allowed and there was no sign of any heavy vehicles on the bridge either. Speed is also restricted as of now, to 40 kms an hour, and this is also temporary. It is India’s first cable-stayed bridge in the open sea and should be finally complete within the year.
There have been concerns, mainly from environmentalists, but one wonders whether this bridge will set out to do what it intends to…which is save over an hour of a motorist’s time. Exit points at both ends can be problematic. And it costs Rs 50/- for one way (under 10 minutes) and Rs 75/- for a return trip the same day. If you ask me personally I am not sure that Mumbaikars needed a sea-link. The bridge has cost the country about Rs 1,800 crore.
This first photograph is taken as one enters the sea link from the Bandra side. The bridge looks beautiful although the dull light was a disadvantage while taking the pictures.
The bridge has two cable-stayed bridges, one is 600-metre-long and the other is a twin-tower. The height of the cables is said to be as high as 43-storey building.
It was quite an experience to go under the bridge…
This last photograph (at low tide) is taken at Dadar, a point which once boasted of a beach at least 30 feet in width. That was 25 years ago. Today all one sees are stones. Slowly as Mumbai’s land got reclaimed this beach kept decreasing until about 5-6 years ago it just vanished. Boulders had to be kept to prevent the sea water from entering the lanes here. I have no doubt that the bridge contributed to this ecological setback.
This particular spot at Dadar is familiar to me because I used to come here as a child to my aunt’s house. She still lives here and has no words to describe the non-existent beach. My cousins and me have spent whole days at the beach, building sand castles and playing in the water. By the time I was in my teens going in the water was out of the question as it had become dirty and every time I visited I found more and more refuse at the site. Anyway, soon there was no beach to talk about.
Beautiful as the bridge is, it cannot replace the beauty of the beaches. Human beings are using the earth for short term gains. No species on earth has the right to do this. What would I not give to travel back in time just to visit my own little beach again!
(All photographs are by me and copyrighted)