EIA of Bandra Worli Sea Link


Charu Joshi


 There is a direct and all too visible correspondence between vehicular traffic and environmental pollution, especially in metros like Mumbai and Delhi where levels of atmospheric pollutants (sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter and benzene) found largely in vehicular exhaust are alarmingly high and beyond any permissible or safe limits. The Bandra Worli Sea Link Road Project (BWSLP) is a part of the Western Freeway Sea Project, which, in turn, is part of a larger proposal of upgrade the road transportation network of greater Mumbai as per the report prepared by the Central Road Research Station, which had been commissioned by the Maharashtra Government. In its final form the Bandra Worli Sea-Link (BWSL) also known as the western freeway work is an eight-lane freeway running a length of 6km, which starts from Mahim interchange and ends at Worli Sea face. The BWSL connects to Nariman Point via the Western Freeway Sea link Project to complete an integrated road system connecting the island city to the suburbs. Hindustan Construction Company India (HCC) has executed the project that was commissioned by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC).Sustainable and equitable solutions are the need of the hour. It is in light of current trends that the we are seeking to investigate into the Bandra Worli Sea Link. Whether or not the Sea Link is needed has to be discussed keeping in mind human, environmental and economic costs.