Bandra-Worli Sea Link’s initial plan was modified to benefit construction companies CBI inquiry for investigating

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Activists are demanding a CBI inquiry for investigating if Sudhakar Shetty and Babulal Verma (Omkar Builders) influenced the officials to make changes in the BWSL plan.

The Bandra-Worli sea link is considered as one of the most beautiful landmarks in Mumbai as well as the city transport system’s integral artery. However, people who use it on a daily basis need to pay a hefty sum of money as a toll. A considerably high amount of toll is recovered from users in spite of the fact that this is an intercity sea link.

In almost all the Indian states, the toll is collected as per Rs. 2.50 per kilometer. But, when it comes to Bandra-Worli sea link (BWSL), commuters pay Rs. 10 per kilometer.

The 5.6km sea link became operational in 2009. Its maintenance and toll collection is managed by a company called-Mumbai Entry Point Limited (MEPL). Jayant Mhaiskar owns the company, and he enjoys a good relationship across the country’s political spectrum.

From 666 crores to 1306 crores!

The cost of this project escalated a lot in the later stage. Thus, the journey on this landmark has become expensive for users. Most importantly, travelers will have to keep on paying the toll for the next 35 years. The BJP-Shiv Sena government has failed to offer relief to the Mumbaiites from this loot.

As per estimates, Mumbaikars will have to pay the concerned toll till 2052 to settle the contractor’s bill.

Loss worth crores of rupees due to an escalation in the construction cost

BWSL is an 8-lane coil supported concrete bridge that connects Western Suburbs (Bandra) of Mumbai with Southern part of Mumbai. It also plays a crucial role in the Western Freeway project. The BWSL was commissioned by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation and constructed by the Hindustan Construction Company.

Late Balasaheb Thackeray laid the foundation stone for the project in 1999. Initially, the construction cost for the project was estimated to be 666 crores. But due to negligence in construction work and multiple petitions from environmentalists, the actual construction cost crossed 1306 crores. Now, apparently, this additional burden is being recovered from the common man’s pocket every day in the form of the toll. Activists suggest a lot of changes were made in the initial plan to benefit the construction lobby that has developed properties nearby the sea link’s DP road in Worli. world & city national News, Follow

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