Bandra-Worli Sea Link all set to open

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Bandra-Worli Sea Link
Mumbai, Jun 30: Mumbai woke up to 5.6-km marvel, that will reduce traffic congestion to monumental proportions. After years of construction, Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL), India's first open eight-lane, cable-supported sea bridge will be formally unveiled by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday, Jun 30.

The inauguration that will be taking place in the northern end of the sea bridge, will see the presence of leaders like Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, Central ministers Sharad Pawar, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde, Praful Patel, state ministers, legislators and parliamentarians.

The bridge joins the Worli in south Mumbai with Bandra in north Mumbai and is the new link between the southern island city and the northwest suburbs. This will act as an alternative to the existing Mahim Causeway and is expected to reduce the traffic density drastically.

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"After BWSL becomes operational on Tuesday, this travel time will reduce to barely six-eight minutes. It will also entail savings in vehicular operating costs (VOC) of over Rs 1 billion a year," an official of the Maharashtra State Roads Development Corporation (MSRDC) said.

The structure is supported by two towers and gets its awe inspiring looks from the two cable-stayed bridges, one 500 metres long (north) and another 350 metres long (south), for the passage of fishing boats. The bridge is a good example of purpose meets aesthetics which a developing global nation like India needs.

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