Bandra-Worli Sea Link bridge in Mumbai, India

The Bandra-Worli Sea Link bridge is the result of a monumental construction effort and serves one of the world’s great cities. The 3.5-mile span (known officially as Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link) stretches across Mahim Bay, connecting Mumbai’s central business district with its western precinct known as the Western Suburbs. The bridge serves to relieve traffic bottlenecks in this city of more than 12 million people via eight lanes of traffic (four on the upper section and four below). The massive cable-stayed pylons—some rising over 400 feet high—are the most striking part of the bridge. This is especially true when they’re illuminated at night, lending this gargantuan construction of concrete and steel a somewhat ethereal look.
Conects Bandra to Worli Attribution By Mumbai_area_locator_map.svg: cc-by-sa-2.5derivative work: Abhijitsathe (Mumbai_area_locator_map.svg) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (, GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Cable Bridge By Mintu 500px [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons

Mahim Causeway was the only road connecting the western suburbs to Mumbai’s central business district. This north-southwestern corridor became a bottleneck and was highly congested at peak hours. The Western Freeway project was proposed to span the entire western coastline of Mumbai to ease congestion. The Bandra–Worli Sea-Link, a bridge over Mahim Bay, was proposed as the first phase of this freeway system, offering an alternative route to the Mahim Causeway.

The Mujeeb Acharwala Bridge connects the intersection of the Western Express Highway and Swami Vivekanand Road in Bandra to the Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Road in Worli. From Worli Seaface, it connects to Mumbai’s arterial Annie Besant Road.

The project was commissioned by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Limited (MSRDC). The contract for construction was awarded to the Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), with project management led by the UK offices of Dar Al-Handasah.[12]

The foundation stone was laid in 1999 by Bal Thackeray. The original plan estimated the cost at ₹6.6 billion (US$96 million) to be completed in five years.[13] But the project was subject to numerous public interest litigations, with the 5-year delay resulting in the cost escalating to ₹16 billion (US$230 million),[14] with the additional interest cost alone accounting for ₹7 billion (US$100 million).[13




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