It may be an engineering marvel for the city, but its security doesn't seem to be important for the government. Despite having been put to public use in 2009, the Bandra Worli Sea Link is yet to see a vehicle scanner. Most probably, it won't get one at all.
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is likely to cancel the idea of getting vehicle scanners at the sea link. According to sources within the development body, officials are contemplating on forfeiting the bank guarantee of Bharat Electronics Limited and terminating the contract of vehicle and explosive scanners at the bridge.
The plan was to get a scanner by mid-2013, which never materialised apparently due to a delay on the part of the vendor. Also, the idea of one scanner, which would have been installed at the Bandra end of the sea link, was inadequate as it meant no checking of vehicles coming from Worli end.
Each of the scanners, which can detect explosives and arms, cost Rs 24 crore. Scanning a single car using this machine takes between 60 and 90 seconds and vehicles would have been chosen randomly for checking. Nearly 25,000 vehicles use the sea link daily.
In mid-2011, the MSRDC authorities had placed the scanner for around three months on a pilot basis next to the Bandra toll plaza. They then took the decision to procure one such machine on a permanent basis.