Heeramandi: An Over Thought Out Review

Bandra Worli Sea Link

After a long wait and after delaying the opening of the bridge for many months the most awaited bridge for the mumbaikars is now finally open. This sea link connect bandra and worli and will cover the distance in merely 7 to 8 minutes. Which will be an asset to mumbaikars who has to travel from the suburbs to the town side everyday. This may also lead to less use of petrol while traveling. The sea link provides an excellent view, which will be a delight to watch while going to you work place and also while coming back home after a busy schedule. A long drive always relaxes your mind.

Today is marked as the opening of the sea link, and yesterday was an amazing laser show and fireworks on the sea link. People leaving amongst the coast line of Worli, Prabhadevi, Dadar ( Shivaji Park ) , and Mahim enjoyed the show. There was a huge crowd near the beaches and those who lived in the building adjoining the sea coast enjoyed the view from their terrace and lucky once from their very own balcony.

Below are some interesting facts about the Sea link.

- The construction team worked in the project is like a mini-United Nations. Several teams of engineers from China, Egypt, Canada, Switzerland, Britain, Serbia,Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong,Indonesia and the Philippines have worked on the project.

- Its weight is equivalent to 50000 African elephants

- The length of the bridge is 63 times the height of the Qutub Minar in Delhi

- The height of the cable-stayed tower is 126m, which is equal to a 43-storey tower

- The length of steel wires used in the project is equivalent to the circumference of the Earth

- Each cable can take a weight of 900 tons

- Monitored by an Intelligent Bridge System with a 16-lane, state-of-the-art toll plaza

- Bajaj Electricals has received the Rs 9-crore (Rs 90 million) illumination contract for the Bandra-Worli sea link project. Needless to say, the lighting will add to the beauty of the bridge.

- First & Unique of its type in Mumbai.

- Project Cost of Rs.1650 Crores [Rs.16.50 Billion INR](about 330 Million US Dollar).

- Made with about 38000 KM Long Steel Ropes, 575000 tonnes of Concrete & 6000 Workers.

- Will save about 1 Hour of Travel Time & 100 crores of Vehicle Operating Cost for a 7 KM distance.

- An estimate of about 125000 Vehicles will be using daily. [3]

- An 8-lane bridge with 2 lanes dedicated for buses.

- Unique bridge design for the Link Bridge to emerge as a landmark structure in the city.

- Single tower supported 500 metre long cable-stayed bridge at Bandra Channel and twin tower supported 350 m cable-stayed bridge at Worli Channel for each carriageway.

- Modern toll plaza of 16 lanes with automated toll collection system.

- An intelligent bridge with state-of-the-art systems for traffic monitoring, surveillance, information and guidance, instrumentation, emergency support, etc.

- Development of promenade and landscaping to enhance the environment.

- Estimated savings in Vehicle Operating Costs (VOC): Rs. 100 Crores per annul.

And this surely suggests that Mumbai got another landmark.