State plays safe, wants to slow sealink drive
Your much-anticipated seven-minute zip on the 5.6-km Bandra-Worli sealink may in reality turn into a 12 to 14 minute drive.
After tall claims that you could drive at 100 km per hour (kmph) on the city’s first sealink, the traffic police and state infrastructure development body imposed a 50 km per hour (kmph) speed limit.
The iconic Bandra-Worli Sealink, built at a cost of Rs 1,306 crore, was touted as a boon to Mumbai’s harried commuters.
Work on four lanes of the eight-laned sealink has been completed. They are expected to be opened for traffic after June 20.
The state had assured a reduction in travel time between the suburbs and South Mumbai from a 40-minute crawl to a seven-minute zoom.
But motorists speeding at 100 kmph was a serious cause for concern. So a speed limit was enforced to avoid accidents, though it would increase travelling time by 12-14 minutes.
“We have decided to keep a 50 kmph speed limit on the sealink and 30 kmph at the curves at the Bandra and Worli end,” said Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation chief engineer Sharad Sabnis.
Officials felt that with only two lanes open, the mid-sea location of the bridge and impending monsoon, a speed limit was essential to avoid accidents on the sealink.
There are also plans to install speed guns to catch violators.