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Bandra-Worli sea link to be ready by 2008

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Estimated to cost Rs 1,104 cr; minimum toll of Rs 30 per vehicle

ROAD TO THE SEA: Work in progress at the Bandra-Worli sea link project in Mumbai. The project is expected to be completed in a phased manner by April 2008. — Paul Noronha

Mumbai , May 20

The Bandra-Worli sea link is expected to be ready by 2008. Over 30 per cent of the work on the 6.5-km bridge has been completed, Mr Anil Deshmukh, Maharashtra Minister for Public Works, said on Saturday.

The bride will reduce the travel time from Bandra to Worli by at least 30 minutes. The 10-km distance by road now takes 45 minutes to an hour during peak hour traffic.

The Minister said the project is now estimated to cost Rs 1,104 crore. The initial cost was Rs 650 crore, but due to objections raised by the local fisherman, the design and alignment of the bridge had to be changed, which led to delays and price escalation.

Mr Deshmukh said critical works, including piling and laying foundation on the sea floor, has been completed.

As the project is being implemented on BOT basis, there would be a minimum toll of Rs 30 per vehicle.

The eight-lane flyover will have capacity of carrying about 1.40 lakh cars per day. Large multi-axel vehicles and two-wheelers would not be allowed on the sea link. Speed limit would have to be maintained at 100 km/hr, he said.

The sea link would consist of two cable-stayed bridges of 500 metres length.

The cable-stayed design would allow free movement of the fishing boats.

The sea link would lead to decongestion of Mahim causeway and the western corridor. At present, the biggest traffic bottleneck is at Mahim causeway, which connects northern mainland with southern island city.

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