Incomplete Bandra-Worli Sealink Opens

The incomplete Bandra-Worli sealink in Bombay was formally inaugurated by Sonia Gandhi yesterday.  The second carriageway of the sealink will only be completed by the year end.  For a project that has already been in the making for more than 10 years, why the hurry to inagurate it so fast, when its yet to be completed?  Is it something to do with scoring some brownie points just before the Maharashtra assembly elections?


Also, why name the bridge after Rajiv Gandhi? What did he do to deserve the name on the bridge?  Was he the mason or the engineer or the company that executed the project? Havent we had enough of the Gandhi names adorning everything in the country?  Is there no one in the billion odd citizens of India who can be honoured with their name on the bridge.  Anyway, why cant we stick with the original name of the bridge, Bandra Worli Sealink (BWSL)?

Couldnt the sycophants of Congress not find a single person from the hundreds dead in the terrorist attack last year whose name could be adorned to the bridge? Does the UPA have any plans to change India’s name to Gandhistan or Rajivistan?


I would support any move by the government that would name all our public toilets after Rajiv or Indira Gandhi.  That would be one project i would be happy to see named after the Gandhi family.  How about Rajiv Gandhi Shauchalaya or Smt Indira Gandhi Toilet ?

Why doesnt the sycophant Congress workers plan something on this matter? Am sure their dear madam, Sonia Gandhi wont object to something so noble.

Above pictures source:NDTV

Skyscrapercity link to the BWSL project here



  1. Mazher says:

    Well i guess, the dance of democracy has its downs. Rajiv Gandhi did as much for the bridge as Chatrapati Shivaji did for the airport, or the Dead from the terror attacks did for the bridge.

    Oh and incomplete, as it is … this morning the traffic at mahim has eased already. why not open it as soon as possible.

    Brownie points are to be scored, its the nature of nations,anyway, it seems like a the most palatable politically … and its better than the sena(s) aggressive icon names. Wasan’t Sarwarkar a “hindutwa” supremest!

    I guess if he had his way, we’d be the other taliban nation.

  2. B K CHOWLA says:

    So long as the Chamchas clap with you without knowing the reason,who cares what you and I think of the issue.In India,no action is taken untill it has political benefits.Maharshtra elections are round the corner,the present CM can’t get a better oppurtunity to prove his lovalty to Her Majesty.All those wanting tickets must have been the clapper boys.
    Our opposition parties are nothing short of comic chracters which leads to all this muck around us.One time Tiger… no longer wearing his stripes.He does not Roar any more.
    This also shows on which side we will see Raj Thackery.

  3. chavakiran says:

    Since 5 years and coming 5 years (may be for the time indefinite ) Andhra people are hearing Rajiv in nightmares too! Now looks like the time has come for Marati people 🙂

    to name few :
    Rajiv Arogya Sri (health scheme)
    Rajiv airport

  4. B K CHOWLA says:

    chavakiran,people of Andhra have accepted the situation.
    Marathis will also accept it.
    All other states will also accept it.
    This will go on till we spinless fellows and good fo nothig opposition parties continue to remain silent spectators.

  5. Liju Philip says:

    @Chowla, Kiran, i have the same comments for the opposition fellows who want to name the bridge either Chatterpati Sivaji or Godse or Phule or Ambedkar. Do we not have enough of these names?

    As for Balls Thuggeray, he’s nothing but a paper tiger. Anyone can stand behind a posse of goondas and run their writ. No wonder, he never steps out of home. Same is the case with Raj. The moment the Z grade security was removed, he became a ‘bheegi billi’ from a ‘self proclaimed tiger’.

  6. To be fair to Rajiv Gandhi – he did die in a terrorist attack. But finding a new name is a test and testament to the creativity of our brainy politicians. So, why bother?

  7. B K CHOWLA says:

    Sriram Vadlamani…with due apologies to you,Is Rajeev the only one who has died in terror attack?What would you prefer as name for the new named after Rajeev or after Mr Karkare who died defending the country?I will choose the latter.
    Please go through the Govt list and find out how many police and Armed forces personnel have died in teror attack.So what is so special about Rajeev…except that he was a Gandhi?

  8. The sooner we accept that there is only one worthy and good surname in this country, the better it will be for all of us.


    Quirky Indian

  9. Chintam says:

    Why is this obsession of opposition on naming governamental projects(only by Congess)? At the end of the day, it is a name. Take ‘Gandhi’ bit out if you don’t like it. As Liju mentioned, we had fair share of all the prominent figures across the party lines over the years, going through different eras of time.
    In A.P., have they not used the same manthra, using ‘Nandamori’ family name as if TDP is owned by that family. Not saying, it is all right!! But why oppose only Congress doing it?
    Until we are not ‘open’, until we are divided in our support based on ‘God knows what’, there is going to be divisional politics and exploitation.
    It feels nice to be emotional about Mr Karkare, died defending the country. While they get their due honour and support, whether we like it or not, the names they choose, are somebody who excelled in that area, and if we didn’t have anybody, they tend to choose political figures. For ex, if it is any Civil engineering project that is being undertaken and depnding on which area/state of the country it is and depending on ‘how close’ the name is to the people involved in that project, they can choose ‘Mokshagundam Visweswaraiah’, etc…

  10. Indyeah says:

    Absolutely QI ! 😉

  11. Indyeah says:

    I had no clue that the bridge was still incomplete…with all the hoopla surrounding the inauguration I thought it was perfect and complete .

    About the name?
    is it any wonder?
    like you said, whether the Congress or any other party they are all the same…who wants these names anyway?

    and oh yes! the naming of toilets after these GREAT personalities would be noble indeed 😀

  12. Kiran says:

    I agree with all the points in this post! I think the bridge was opened in a hurry amid lot of carefully created hype .. jut to score brownie points before Maharashtra elections.

    And you are right regarding the naming too! The original name was as good as it gets. It had a fancy abbreviation too BWSL! Naming landmarks after eminent (??) personalities is good – but overdoing it will result in public resentment. And I think the Gandhis have received more than their fair share of credit in this department. Now its time to look for other people to lend their names to landmarks.

    Gandhistan eh 😀 not entirely impossible. And excellent idea to name public toilets after these great great people! After all, the toilets also solve a pain point of the common man. Why not lend their names for his noble cause 😀

  13. I agree with most of the points u said in dis post….. Why is it so that every govt in India names mega projects on the dead leaders of their own party??? Why couldn’t the Bandra-Worli Sea Link be just ‘Bandra-Worli Sea Link….?? Or if u want to dedicate it to someone, why not the martyrs of the last year’s attacks? Why not on Hemant Karkare or Vijay Salaskar or Sandeep Unnikrishnan or for that matter any soldier who laid their lives in the terror act??? Its all about scoring brownie points n taking credit…. Shame on Indian politicians…..

  14. Liju Philip says:

    Eggjactly. Even am planning to change my surname 😀

  15. Liju Philip says:

    If the TDP was in power in AP, they would have named everything after the Nandamoori family. Same is the case with the BJP and same is the case with Congress.

  16. Liju Philip says:

    isnt that the irony Indyeah? Instead of taking the govt to task for opening or delaying the construction of the bridge, the opposition is more interested in the naming.

  17. Liju Philip says:

    Yup, what can be more humbling than a toilet? Its the one place where the richest and the poor look equal 😛

  18. Liju Philip says:

    The police officers / NSG people dont fetch votes. People have already forgotten them. What matters or what wins elections is religion, caste, creed, colour and other pathetic issues.

  19. di says:

    Not that I’m advocating we name everything after a politician but why pick on the Congress when we have named half the things in Mumbai after Chhatrapati Shivaji? Im sure he had nothing to do with the airport or the museum or the train station.

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