Mumbai, Apr 30 (ANI): Bandra-Worli sea link, an ambitious eight-lane twin carriageway, is to be opened shortly in Mumbai.
The 5.6 kilometers long cable-stayed bridge has been designed to allow for speedy road travel between Bandra and Worli in the busy and traffic-ridden city of Mumbai.
This sea bridge would reduce road travel time from one hour to seven minutes.
"This bridge will save our time. We will be able to reach Worli in 10 to 15 minutes," said Zafar Iqbal Khan, a resident.
Mahim causeway is currently the only link connecting the island city of Mumbai with its western suburbs and the 7 km stretch has witnessed intense traffic congestion for years.
An estimated 120,000 vehicles travel on the Mahim causeway everyday and during peak hours it takes about forty minutes to travel from Mahim causeway to Worli, a distance of about 8 km.
Once the rupees 16.4 billion sea link project is commissioned, it will be an additional link from the western suburbs to the island city and will act as a high-speed alternative to the congested Mahim causeway.
Residents feel that the new bridge would turn out to be an architectural wonder.
"This bridge reminds me of the Howrah bridge in Kolkata. More or less, it is designed the same way. It will be one of the fantastic works done in Mumbai," said Alexander Philip, another resident.
The Bandra-Worli sea link would be equipped with state-of-the-art systems for traffic monitoring, emergency support and an automated toll system. (ANI)