Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Bandra Worli Sealink photos and status check

Last year I'd clicked some photos of the Bandra Worli Sea Link (posted here). Thought I'd do a round-up again.

First up, a one-shot reality check of then and now. This was the progress in April 2007.

BWSL in April 2007
And this is as things stand now in March 2008.

1 BWSL Today

As you can see, the main central tower has seen the most progress. The Bandra side entry road is the same, and one stretch from the Worli side has been added. Bear in mind that last year, disputes between HCC (contractor) and the Government (MSRDC) had stalled work for quite some time. Also remember that a lot of work, in any case, comes to a standstill during the monsoons. So, any guesses if this will be complete by end of this year? I don't think so. April 2009 should be a better estimate.

From what I could see, the issue remains work from the Worli side. Let's take a look...

This is the entrance from the Worli side, and I'm assuming they will widen it, because it doesn't look like an eight-way lane.

Worli Entrance

The next three photos show how little the progress from the Worli side seems (if you compare it to the Bandra side, photos here).

Worli Side 2

Worli Side 3

Worli Long 1

A smiling PWD Minister, who will also be hoping the BWSL is completed next year, so he can flaunt it as an achievement during state elections 2009.

Sign board

Some statistics of the length of the cables

Steel Wires circumf

Steel wires height

The boat seems to be enjoying the view.

Worli Dredge boat

Remember that the BWSL will consist of two main towers - one each on Bandra and Worli. Work on the Worli Tower has just begun, while the Bandra Tower is almost done. The photo below shows work underway on the Worli Tower

Worli Central Tower

And this is the larger, 135metre tall tower on the Bandra side. The cables are being installed and the tower is expected to be ready before monsoons.

Main Central Tower 2

Finally, here's another look at the BWSL as it stands today. For more details and my earlier posts, click on the BWSL tag.

1 BWSL Today

More photos on my Flickr page and the pages of Brajeshwar, Kapil and Preshit -as part of the Bombay Photodrive earlier this week.