The Maharashtra State Government has given a nod approving the construction of Versova-Bandra sea link (VBSL) project, eight years after the state cabinet committee on Infrastructure (SCCI) cleared it. Hence, Mumbai is finally ready to get second sea link which will be a whopping Rs 7,502 crore worth project!

Traffic has always slowed down the never-slowing down entertainment capital of India – Mumbai; and the huge area covered by the uber-urban metro city makes transit within the country – a sheer stress. To solve this issue and cut distance, Mumbai was facilitated with a sea link that bridged the gap between two localities of Mumbai via a sea-bridge. The city already enjoys Bandra-Worli sea link and here’s more for Mumbaikars to glee about. Much awaited Versova-Bandra sea link dream is a step closer to becoming reality, which will be an extention of the Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai as the Maharashtra government on Monday accorded administrative approval to the Versova-Bandra sea link (VBSL) project.

The State Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (SCCI) had cleared the project on August 18, 2009 and it took eight years for the State government to give a final node and begin construction of the second sea link. The four by four lane bridge will be built at a height of 900 meters from the coastline and will be 9.60 kilometres long. This will cost the government a massive Rs 7,502 crore and counting all its extensions and sea bridges, it will increase to 17.17 kilometres. This sea link will be an extension of the 5.6-km Bandra-Worli sea link (BWSL) and will continue northwards, from its Bandra-end.

The VBSL will have a 30-m long cable-stayed section and three connectors at Otter’s Club, Bandra and the other two at Juhu Koliwada and at Nana Nani Park at Versova respectively. The main goal of this sea link is to reduce and ease the traffic problems as well as significantly reduce the travel distance. It will also connect significant hubs of the western suburbs of Mumbai, easing lives of Mumbaikars up to certain extent.