Throwing city's motorists in a state of tizzy, a spate of text messages falsely suggesting that the Bandra-Worli sea link should be avoided as three supporting cables have collapsed made the rounds on Wednesday.
The text message read: ‘Please avoid the sea link, three supporting cables have just collapsed. Worli sea face jammed. Please inform your loved ones to avoid inconvenience’.
As a direct effect of the message, several motorists actually thought twice before taking the Bandra-Worli sea link.
Priya Singh, 25, who was travelling to Bandra, said, “On receiving the message, I started calling up my friends frantically. I later realised that it was only a rumour.”
Rubbishing the rumour, the officials of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) said that the sea link is sturdy and no damage has occurred. “A single cable weighs between 60 and 100 tonnes,” said an official on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Taking serious note of the rumours, Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), the contractor that built this sea link, issued an official press release denying any such damage.
The press note quoted, Jimmy Mogal, head, corporate communications, HCC, saying: “The text message circulating on [some damage to] Bandra Worli Sea Link is false and mischievous. There has been no such incident on the sea link. An official complaint is being lodged with the Mumbai Police cyber crime department in order to stop these rumours.”
People panicked as the text message came two days after two women were killed in a car crash, which reportedly damaged a part of the sea link.