Starting today, the Bandra-Worli sea link will not be open to motorists for a week between 10pm and 5am.
The sea link, which is used by more than 30,000 commuters every day, is being closed to conduct maintenance work.
Traffic police officials said AMG Infrastructure had approached them for permission to close down the Bandra-Worli sea link completely for five days, but it was not granted.
“Shutting it down during the day will cause a major problem for commuters who use the sea link on a daily basis. We have told them that they can do the maintenance work at night when there is lesser traffic,” said Brijesh Singh, additional commissioner of police (traffic).
So, during the night, from 10pm to 5am, motorists will have to use Mahim Causeway.
“The current maintenance work is being undertaken to ensure that there are fewer accidents on the sea link during the monsoon,” a traffic police official said, requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media. “Last year, there were several accidents on the sea link during the monsoon.”
The Bandra-Worli sea link was opened to the public on June 30, 2009, and has helped reduce traffic congestion on Mahim Causeway, especially during the peak hours.