46 years after first being conceived and many years spent in delay, the BWSL is finally open to public. I drove there today morning and had the following observations:
- Despite being touted as an 8-lane road, the BWSL only consists of 4-lanes as of now. In fact, construction of the other 4 lanes is far from being complete as this photo of the exit at Worli clearly shows.
- Cranes are still there on the Central Tower and the two smaller towers. Work is obviously in progress here.
- Dispersal at Worli will remain a problem. Today, we had to go to the opposite end of Worli Sea Face road to take a U-turn and drive back to South Mumbai. Hopefully this arrangement is only for today and there will be a direct right turn at the exit point itself.
- Keeping the speed limit at 50kmph pretty much kills the point of such a bridge. Doubt it will be adhered to.
- Without a Worli-Haji Ali-Nariman Point link, this is just one part of the Western Freeway project. It will only benefit those who live/work around Bandra/Worli. For everyone else, they will only move faster from one traffic jam to another.
But for whatever it's worth, this is a significant event in Mumbai's creaking infrastructure saga. 3 photos below show the journey to this road.