Wed, Mar 3, 2021
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It has been some time since we know the new sea links connecting South Mumbai to North Mumbai is going to be a monstrous reality. I for one totally don’t understand the idea behind this project which will serve the most elite of the Mumbai citizens.
The government argument would be that these projects stimulate the economy and make India look modern. The number of images of Bandra Worli Sealink floating in the cyber space itself is proof that the ordinary common man is fooled by the grandiose of these Engineering marvels which actually is their hard-earned money given to the most elite section of the society.
The Bandra Versova Sea link is another such Monstrosity.
Besides being a questionable utility of such hubris. The citizens seemed to have moved on to “What’s next” considering the inevitable existence of this link in their near future on their coastlines.
It seems the much treasured and cherish Public space called the Carter Road Promenade is being gambled away in chasing the end goals of this project which will serve 11 per cent of commuters. (car owing commuters) in Mumbai.
While these car owners will leapfrog from Bandra to Versova by cutting down the travel time a 10th (as per the official claims), the residents might lose the cherished public space.
We are now at the mercy of Shri Radheshyam Ji who is the cheif of the project. All I can say is Radhe Radhe now, till we get more clarity on the same from my lord.. But Please Sir, Let’s have more transparency and clarity before you retire.
Image Credit - The Financial Express
Abraham John Architects have come up with a solution whereby they recommend reducing the number of connectors, so as to keep the long promenade untouched. The connector could be at the end of Khar Dhanda.
This looks like a practical and feasible solution. Dear Readheshyam Ji, what do you think? Check out this elegant video on what could be done to save the promenade.