Cruising On The Bandra–Worli Sea Link

The Sea Link’s Key Distinctive Feature – Diamond Shaped 128 Meters High Concrete Towers And Its Semi-Harp Cable Stay Construction

Before the Bandra–Worli Sea Link was constructed, Mahim Causeway was the only road connecting the western suburbs to Mumbai’s central business district.  This north-southwestern corridor became a bottleneck and was highly congested at peak hours. The 5.6 km Bandra–Worli Sea Link over Mahim Bay was proposed as an alternative route to the Mahim Causeway, the first phase of the Western Freeway project spanning the entire western coastline of Mumbai to ease congestion, linking the western suburbs to Nariman Point, Mumbai’s main business district.

Shorter Towers At The Worli Channel

Originally estimated construction cost was US$98 million to be completed in five years. The project was subject to numerous public interest litigations, with the 5-year delay resulting in the cost escalating to US$240 million.  All eight lanes were opened to the public on 24th. March 2010. The sea-link greatly reduces travel time between Bandra and Worli during peak hours from 60–90 minutes to 20–30 minutes. As the first cable-stayed bridge to be constructed in open seas in India over a challenging underlying geology, it presented many design challenges and engineering complexities, the pylons have a complex geometry and the main span over the Bandra channel is one of the longest spans of concrete deck attempted, the superstructure of the viaducts were also some of the heaviest precast segments to be built in India at the time.

Developing Skyline Of Mumbai Under A Nice Cloud Formation

Approaching Worli

The sunset views attract many photo enthusiasts but stopping on the sea link for photography is banned by Govt of Maharashtra. No stoppages for photos, ok, I can understand the security and safety implications forbidding it, but photography from a moving vehicle is ok but slightly more tricky and you have no time to work the best angles. I chose the highest shutter speed I could for the desired aperture, and snapped a few through the windscreen while our car was cruising along the sea link, getting the drive to  pull more to the left and slow down a little while I took some shots of the the developing Worli skyline. In my haste, I accidentally set the exposure incorrectly during the shoot and all the published shots here were badly underexposed. In post processing, I had to push the jpegs about 2 stops but they still turn out pretty decent, nice.

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All photos Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 23mm


8 thoughts on “Cruising On The Bandra–Worli Sea Link

  1. Beautiful images of the Sea Link and the Mumbai skyline …

    Reminds me of my trip to the great city a couple of years back and my trip through this route.

    I know, It’s really hard to capture well composed images from a moving car and you have done a commendable job 🙂

    Thanks a lot for sharing, Ken and Agnes 🙂

    • I have been on it a couple of time in the night and the main tower/cable looks even better, with the fog, like a mystical bridge. If the authorities were to allow photography, it would be jam packed in the night. it was not easy from the car, i took quite a few, these were the better ones, shy to show the others ;). thanks, otto, have a nice weekend. ken.

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