Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Chhatrapati Shivaji Sea Link

After a couple of failed attempts, I finally drove on the Bandra Worli sea link on Saturday, at six in the morning. That way I killed two birds with one stone! The toll and more importantly, the traffic. Some observations. The sea link is actually only 4.6 km long. The 5.6 km figure quoted all over the papers takes into account the approach roads at Bandra reclamation and Worli. The link is only half complete as of now. It was supposed to be an 8 lane link. As of now, only 4 lanes are open. So once the sea link is complete, you can expect traffic to reduce further. Of the 4 lanes currently available, 2 lanes are blocked because people park their cars there and gaze endlessly at the sea beneath, little knowing that it is the same body of water that can be viewed from Worli or Bandra. Apparently, China built a sea link 6 times the length, in half the amount of time. Coming to the most important thing about the sea link, its name! I fail to understand the fuss about it. I mean, isn't everything in Mumbai supposed to be named after Chhatrapati Shivaji? Both the airports are. Our premier railway station is. Our best museum is. The fish market is also named after him. The zoo is named after his mother. So why bother about Veer Savarkar or Rajiv Gadhi? Enjoy your ride down the Chhatrapati Shivaji Sea Link!

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