Mumbai’s Bandra-Worli Sea Link getting ready
A 5.7-km bridge over the Arabian Sea connecting the northern suburb of Bandra with Worli in central Mumbai achieved a milestone on Wednesday with the linking of the approach spans from both sides. The physical structure of the 5.7-km bridge is ready and the related works will be completed to facilitate traffic movement on its eight lanes by early-January 2009.
The approach roads on both sides were ready. two cable-stayed bridges measuring 850 meters, the most vital link in the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL), have been connected. The cable-stayed design permits free movement of the fishing boats in the area. The total length of the bridge is 4.7 km, excluding the approach roads, while the cable-stayed portion is 850 metres. At the farthest point the 57-span bridge runs a kilometer away from the shore, and the closest is 300 meters from the shorelines at Bandra and Worli.
At the centre of the bridge will be a tower with a viewers’ gallery, which will offer a bird’s eye view of Mumbai skyline on all sides, dotted by lush green hills, skyscrapers and tiny fishing villages.