Congress president Sonia Gandhi has inaugurated the much-awaited Bandra Worli sea link yesterday. The 5.6 kilometers long cable-stayed bridge has been designed to allow for speedy road travel between Bandra and Worli in the busy and traffic-ridden city of Mumbai. The link would be equipped with state-of-the-art systems for traffic monitoring, emergency support and an automated toll system.

An automatic system will identify vehicles going over the 50 kmph limit. MSRDC engineers said cameras on the link can take swift 360-degree turns and capture images of vehicles within 1.5 km. Two cameras fitted under the cable-stayed portions of the link will keep watch on the movements of boats and ships.

It is an ambitious eight-lane twin carriageway built over the Mahim Creek of Arabian Sea. The bridge rests on two towers, each 126 metres tall or equivalent to a 43-storeyed building. Spectacular fireworks enthralled the residents before the opening of the link, which will facilitate rapid conveyance from Mumbai’s west to south.