It's a miracle that it was completed, a marvel to look at, and a time-saver, if you live at Worli and work in Bandra or vice-versa. It's really called the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link and when it opened finally last July, Mumbai had a party on the world's longest cable-stayed bridge. We celebrated with traffic jams

After almost five years of delay and disputes, the Sea Link opened. The marvel of modern engineering was built by Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), with a huge Cost over-run, at least three times the original estimate. At Rs 1,634 crore, eight-lane freeway has reduced the 40-minute journey for the commuters between Bandra and Worli to five minutes.

It should have come up a decade earlier, but what the heck, we're happy it's here, happier to be using it, in spite of the maniacs who think they can do a Michael Coulthard and clear it in 50 seconds (he did). Quite a few nasty crashes later, speed arresters and cameras, as well as contant police monitoring have brought some sanity to the proceedings.

Next on the agenda - at least three more loops and a cut and cover tunnel designed to get you from coastal Versova to Nariman Point in 25 minutes.


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