So little has changed since I wrote this a year ago:
We have one Sea Link in Mumbai (named after the same person whose name prefixes Hyderabad’s airport and a million other things.) There is another one planned, from Worli to Haji Ali. Now, there is an idea of a Coastal Road as a possible alternative. The link on the eastern side of Mumbai is stuck because two agencies cannot decide who will build it. And guess, who suffers with escalating travel pain and costs every year.
Mumbai is a coastal city. We have to make the sea an ally in all we do. We should have had these bridges a long time ago. We should have adopted water transport along the coasts. But, all this happen with someone out there has a vision and also sees the mess our traffic is on. Our politicians need to be stripped of their police escort cars and red lights, and made to travel just like us in the city. Then, maybe, good sense will dawn. Until then, we can continue travelling in packed trains and crawling traffic, and attribute it our destiny. The fact that these problems can be solved doesn’t seem to dawn on any one.