Bandra-Worli sea link to be ready by Dec 2008: Anil Deshmukh

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Nagpur, Nov 28 (UNI) The prestigious Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai would be ready by December 2008, Minister for Public Works Anil Deshmukh told the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly during question hour today.

Replying to supplementaries on a question from Datta Nalawade (Shiv Sena) and others, Mr Deshmukh said that the completion of the sea link had been delayed because of the change in design.

Originally, the bridge was to be located 50 metres from Worli village, but was shifted 500 metres into the sea to protect the interests of fishermen from the area, he said.

Fishermen from Worli said the location of the pylons so close to the village would affect the catch and thereby their livelihood, and hence the decision to shift the bridge was made, Mr Deshmukh said.

The Sea Link consists of approach roads from Bandra and Worli sides, with a cable-stayed bridge forming the main part, he also said. The bridge would cost Rs 1,306 crore, which is the revised estimate after the change in design, he added.


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