Bandra-Worli sea link is a eight lane Bridge over Mahim Bay. It is One of the Dream Project of Mumbai. It is a road way link which connects Bandra and Worli. Some real Interesting facts about Bandra-Worli Sea Link are
1 Its official name is in the memory of late prime minister “Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link” but everyone called it as The Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
2 The long-awaited Bandra-Worli sea link, seen as an engineering marvel, weighs equivalent to that of 50,000 African elephants.
3 It is India’s first eight-lane freeway over the open sea.
4 The length of the bridge is 63 times the height of the Qutub Minar. The bridge’s height is 126 meter. It’s width is 66 ft. Bandra-Worli Sea Link’s largest pylon towers are 128 meter in height.
5 The first four of the eight lanes of the bridge were opened to the public on 30 June 2009. All eight lanes were opened on 24 March 2010.
6 The sea-link reduces travel time between Bandra and Worli during peak hours from 60–90 minutes to 20–30 minutes.
7 Toll charges for Vehicles for First 30 days was waived but after 30 days Toll Charges was decided to be Rs 60, which is highest all over India.
8 The foundation stone was laid in 1999 by BAL Thackeray and it was inaugurated by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Mumbai on 30th June 2009.
9 It took 10 years to complete originally it was estimated to be complete in 5 years. It faced several Public Interest Litigation from fishermen and environmentalists who were against the construction of the sea link. But Final order of supreme court was in favor of sea link
10 Seshadri Srinivas is the one who finalize the design for the architectural marvel, a savior for Mumbaikars. Beside This sea link, he has also designed Mumbai’s JJ flyover and the Jamarat Bridge in Mecca. Yet, it took him three attempts to finalize the design of sea sea route.
11 Its estimated cost was 6.6 billion in 1999 but actual cost turned out to three times higher when construction completed in the year 2009.
12 construction of the sea link was not only worked on by aced groups from India, but groups from 11 other countries including Egypt, China, Canada, Switzerland, Britain, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Serbia.
13 The bridge will consume 1,000 KW power a day, enough to fulfill the need of electricity of 100 households.