Fun Fact - Bandra Worli sea link bridge

The long-awaited Bandra Worli sea link weighs equivalent to that of 50,000 African elephants!

The steel wire used is equivalent to the circumference of the earth.

The Bandra Worli sea link bridge is 5.6 kilometre-long cable stayed bridge

The Bandra Worli sea link bridge is 63 times the height of the Qutub Minar.

It has consumed 90,000 tonnes of cement, which would suffice to make five ten-storied buildings.

The height of the cable-stayed tower is equal to a 43-storey building.

The traffic on bridge will be around 1.25 lakh (125,000) public vehicles in a day.

The eight-lane bridge will reduce the travel time between the two points from 60-90 minutes to 6-8 minutes. This will save around Rs 100 crore (Rs 1 billion)

a year in vehicle operating cost alone.

The Bandra Worli sea link project was conceived in the 1990s. But, plagued by a series of public interest litigations from fishermen and environmentalists,

the work on the project could not take off till October 2004.One NGO even took it to the Supreme Court, which dismissed its plea.
Agitations, however, forced MSRDC to make drastic changes, to the tune of 80 per cent, in the design of the bridge.

The Bandra Worli sea link bridge will be included in the 'Mumbai Darshan' package.

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) is planning to run open-deck buses on the sea link once it is opened to public. The BEST has on mind

the fact that people's enthusiasm to see the modern structure is at a peak.

The eight-lane bridge will have two lanes dedicated for buses.

The construction team worked in the project is like a mini-United Nations. Several teams of engineers from China, Egypt, Canada, Switzerland, Britain,

Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Philippines have worked on the project.

The engineering marvel Bandra-Worli sea link is likely to consume 1,000 KW power a day, enough to meet the electricity requirement of 100 households.

The time required to travel is 6-7 minutes instead of 40 minutes earlier.

The authorities will charge a one-way toll of Rs 50 for every car or light motor vehicle, Rs 75 for mini-buses, and Rs 100 for heavy motor vehicles like

buses and trucks. From June 2010, there will be a 5 per cent increase in toll charges.

Motorists can also buy a swipe card at an initial cost of Rs 300 and also pay a monthly toll. Or, for Rs 800, motorists can buy an electronic on-board unit

and pay the monthly Rs 2,500.

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