It is being a rather houseful each on India’s first open sea bridge – the Bandra Worli sealink. Celebrities and commoners came out in droves to drive up and down the newly opened engineering marvel on the sea, leading to hour-long traffic snarls at both ends. We bring to you the mixed reactions of the people on the bridge. It looked as though everyone was eager to grab the opportunity to travel free on the bridge till Sunday. The enthusiasm led to traffic snarls. The Bandra Worli Sealink is seeing many celebrities and commoners frequenting the bridge. We spotted actress Nagma and ad guru Pralad Kakkar to enjoying the view of the bridge. Speaking on the controversies on whose name should the bridge be dedicated to, ad guru Pralad Kakker had this to say. However, looks like only the bigwigs or the rich can enjoy plying through this magnificent bridge and probably it does not stand up to the common man’s expectation. While four wheelers were allowed to ply on the road, two wheelers and three wheelers are strictly not allowed. Motorists and the common man who took the autos to get a glimpse of this new marvel of the city were in for a rude shock as they were asked to take a U-turn by the traffic police. They said the bridge is for the rich and not the poor. Commuters traveling from bus may also feel the pinch as toll tax for the BEST bus is Rs 100. The BEST has demanded that its buses be exempted from the proposed Rs.100 toll per trip on the bridge, but the state government has not yet responded. The Rs.1,634-crore sea link, in construction for 10 years, was thrown open by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Following a demand by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, the bridge is likely to be named after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. With cameraperson Ranjeet Gupta, Manisha for NMTV News.
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