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No, Mumbai’s sea link was not built during Modi Government

Written by Kaiz Shaikh

Photo of a bridge is viral on social media platforms with a claim that the majestic bridge in Mumbai was built under Narendra Modi’s rule . A twitter user Ghanshyam Kumar tweeted the photo with a caption ” यह कोई अमेरीका, फ़्रांस, लन्दन या दुबई का ब्रीज नही है यह बांद्रा के मुंबई का ब्रीज है, वाह मोदी जी वाह मोदी है तो मुमकिन है” (This is not a bridge of USA, France, London or Dubai, this is a bridge of Mumbai of Bandra, Wah Modi ji Wah, If it is Modi then it is possible).

Source: Twitter

The photo was tweeted by several social media users with almost similar captions click here and here for the archives.

Source: Facebook/Screenshot

Facto Check

We found that the photo of the bridge is from Mumbai’s Bandra area and the bridge is popularly known as the Bandra-Worli sea link.

The Bandra–Worli Sea Link is also known as the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link which connects the Western suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in south Mumbai. On either side, it is a cable-stayed bridge via pre-stressed concrete steel. The one-meter bridge was allocated by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and built by the Hindustan Construction Company. The first four of the eight lanes of the bridge were opened to the public on 30 June 2009 and the remaining four lanes were opened on 24 March 2010.

In our search, we found that bridge was constructed before Modi Government came in power. We also found an article, ‘Sonia Gandhi inaugurates Bandra-Worli sea link’ from Times of India dating back to 2009.

Source: TOI

In the article, it was clear that the bridge was opened for the general public in 2009 and was officially inaugurated by Congress President Sonia Gandhi

“The Bandra-Worli sea-link was inaugurated on Tuesday by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, reducing the travel time between the southern part of the metropolis and its western suburbs from the present 60-90 minutes to 6-8 minutes.” (TOI).

Conclusion

So, it was clear that photo of the bridge shared with a claim that it was built under Narendra Modi’s term is misleading. The bridge was built way before Modi Government came in power.

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