Authorities feel that holding up traffic might not be possible anymore. When the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link was first opened to the public, rumours of multiple producers lining up action sequences on the picturesque locale flooded newspapers. But after the recent opening of the second half of the bridge lead to an increase in traffic, authorities feel it might become difficult to lend it out to shoots.
“We once held up the entire Bandra Reclamation stretch for the F1 race, then again for the Mumbai Marathon,” says Vivek Ghanekar an official from the Maharashtra State Road and Development Corporation (MSRDC). “But now, even though people are interested, it is very difficult to hold traffic for those purposes. It costs about Rs one lakh to shoot there for 12 hours,” says a source. While each area in the city requires permission from a different authority, it is only the stretch towards the Sea Link and the link itself that is under the authority of the MSRDC. “It is not possible for shoots to happen very frequently, unless those interested get all the permissions required."