The Bandra-Worli Sealink was finally inaugrated today by Sonia Gandhi
The bridge will be toll-free until 5th July. Sonia Gandhi traversed the length and breadth of the bridge which is named after Rajiv Gandhi.
Length of bridge (4.7km): 63 times the Qutub Minar
Weight of bridge (6.7L tonnes): 50,000 African elephants
424 cables for main roadway: can support 900 tons each
Length of steel wire used (37,680km): Nearly the earth’s circumference
Concrete used: 2.3 lakh cubic metres
Height of main towers (126m): 43-storey buidling
Pile caps: Bridge rests on 135 pile caps, the largest being 55 m in length and 55 m in breadth (half a football field)
Peak-hour sweat: 4,000 workers and 150 engineers
The roundabout distance that used to take 35-40 minutes to cover, will now be covered in 6 minutes.
Its taken 10 years to complete this marvel, and a sum of whopping 1600 crores. Here’s a small video which explains the architecture better: