With the present contract for toll collection, operation and maintenance of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) coming to an end in March, motorists will be seeing new faces manning the stretch as the MSRDC has invited bids for a new operator.
MSRDC has to invite tenders for a period of one year, as the issue of extension of the Worli-Haji Ali Sea Link is yet to be resolved. As per the projections done by the MSRDC prior to inauguration of the sea link, an average of 80,000 vehicles were expected to use the bridge each day. However, after it was inaugurated between 36,000 to 39,000 vehicles use the seal link each day. The average collection is between Rs 15 to Rs 16 lakh per day. Though the contract might change hands, the new toll operator will be charging the same toll fee and there will be no increase.
80,000 The number of vehicles expected to use sea link each day when it opened
39,000 The number of vehicles using the sea link on average per day