The city of Mumbai, which has a rich legacy of old, historical buildings and gardens built during the period of British colonial rule, is getting a modern landmark today with the opening of 8-lane Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL).
Setting new standards in precision engineering, the 5.6-km long magnificent steel structure over the Arabian Sea may not be the longest in India, but the aesthetic appeal of the bridge will have very few comparisons.
An engineering marvel and the first ever open sea bridge of its kind in India, BWSL is one of the most complex and advanced construction projects in the subcontinent.
The Sea Link connects about 8km stretch of the Mahim intersection of the Western Express Highway and Swami Vivekananda Marg at the Bandra end to Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Road at the Worli end. Motorists will now benefit from enhanced route options and easing of traffic congestion along the western corridor, especially at the Mahim, Dadar and Worli intersections.
The project, conceived by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, was designed by Dar Consultants, UK, and built by the leading engineering and construction company, Hindustan Construction Company (HCC).