Mumbai Police have written a letter to Maharshtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) suggesting a range of preventive measures that should be implemented by the latter to avoid further suicides at the Bandra-Worli sea link.
“The Worli police have issued a letter to MSRDC suggesting a host of ideas. We met with some of their officials and discussed the issue of the suicides and how they could be further prevented,” said S Jayakumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 3.
The main issue being argued is the height of the railings, which is at a mere four feet and can be easily climbed over.
Jayakumar confirmed that the idea of 10 foot high transparent net has been suggested to the authorities.
“In order to not lose out on the aesthetic value of the bridge we are looking into the technical feasibility of having a net but below the stretch. We are still working on the specifics of that idea,” Jayakumar added.
According to MSRDC and police officials, more enhanced CCTVs are expected to be installed in the coming days on the five kilometer stretch. There are currently six CCTV cameras on the Bandra-Worli sea link that monitor the activities on the bridge.
“There should be more men on the sea link to guard the stretch. The concerned authorities should create more outposts, hence, allowing more people to guard the sea link. The CCTVs cannot save the person from jumping,” said senior police inspector Sunil Jain of Worli police station.
When contacted, Amit Diggikar, Vice-Chairman and Managing editor of MSRDC, said that his office hadn’t received any letter regarding the matter and that there are another set of meetings that are going to be held in the coming days with the police.
This year, nine people have already killed themeselves from the iconic bridge.