Defunct streetlights make sea link a driver's nightmare

Oct 16, 2013, 07:10 IST | Ranjeet Jadhav

Nearly 30 non-functioning streetlights on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link is making it a horror drive for motorists at some stretches; speeding in the dark is also making the road unsafe

Driving after sundown on the iconic Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) has become a nightmare for motorists due to several non-functional streetlights, which have not been lighting up for thepast two weeks.

Lights out: Several stretches of the Bandra-Worli Sealink are plunged into darkness after sunset due to non-functioning streetlights, increasing the risks of accidents. Pics/Pradeep Dhivar

The task of ensuring that the bridge is lit up lies with the MSRDC and the toll operator, but according to a traffic official, they are neglecting their responsibility, which is putting motorists’ lives at risk.

To ascertain the hazards motorists have to encounter, MiD DAY decided to visit the bridge recently. It was found that nearly 30 street lamps were malfunctioning, raising the chances of accidents, especially at a steep curve while going towards Worli, which is covered in darkness.

But, what was more shocking is that despite the poor visibility, some vehicles were flouting the speed limits set on the bridge. Moreover, in case of an accident, the CCTV cameras installed on the bridge would not be able to capture the incident properly due to the absence of lighting.

A traffic police constable, on condition of anonymity, said, “It’s been more than two weeks now that these lights are not working, but MSRDC and the toll operator is not at all concerned about fixing them.”

Rajesh Dubey, a taxi driver who takes the road daily, said, “Driving at night becomes very tricky because of the non-functional streetlights, as it is difficult to see oncoming traffic. It is also difficult to catch a glimpse of vehicles in the rear view mirror. Concerned authorities should repair the lights at the earliest to avoid accidents.” 

Did you know?
The 4.8-km long Bandra-Worli Sealink was constructed at a cost of Rs 16,482 crore

>> It was thrown open for vehicular traffic in 2009.

>> There are six CCTV cameras installed at various places aboveand below the sealink to keep a vigil on the activities 

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