The Blue Caps

This was one of the most privileged tours i had been to while i was interning at The Times of India. It was a journos only tour of the yet-to-be-opened Bandra Worli Sealink. The photographs of the sealink have appeared on the blog before : An Engineering Marvel . It was special because i got the opportunity to explore this link before it would be opened for the public and got to click some photographs, which i cannot imagine clicking today.
This is one photograph i had clicked even before i started snapping the Sealink. It was just a bunch of labourers, taking some time out from their gruelling schedule. Their blue safety helmet is what arrested my attention. It looked just perfect against the dull grey sky. The cloudy atmosphere added to the overall charm.
Today when i read an article on the critically injured labourer who is fighting for his life as a result of the infamous CWG bridge collapse, it made me think how much we take the migrant labourers for granted. I stopped on this photograph for a while and the guy on the extreme right seemed to be asking me, “We build your sealinks, your skywalks, your skyscrapers but do you’ll really give a damn about us if we are injured in the process?” And i realised, we don’t.
I am not going to get into the morality bit as i feel this is not the right platform for such a serious issue. But the least we can do on our individual part, is show some respect to these labourers. It’s a tough life they lead. After all, the collective efforts of these guys creates marvelous things.
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An Engineering Marvel – The Bandra Worli Sea Link

Mumbai finally got its much awaited Bandra Worli Sea Link on 1st July 2009 when it was opened for the public. This Rs 400 cr bridge was finally made at a stagerring cost of Rs 1620 crore!
This is just one part of the link that will connect Bandra all the way to Nariman Point. It is one of the most complicated structures to have been constructed in India in many years. 38000 KM Long Steel Ropes, 575000 tonnes of Concrete & 6000 Workers, went into making this grand link.
I got an opportunity to visit the sea link on 23rd June as a part of a media contingent. The mood in the sky couldnt have been better. It was also the first day it rained in Mumbai. Couldnt have asked for a better day. There was absolutely no one on the link that day. The last photograph is one of a kind, cant even imagine clicking such a shot now:P
I’ve kept the photographs in BW as there wasnt much color anyway. Enjoy!

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