Mumbai News: Eknath Shinde announces Bandra-Versova Sea Link to be named after Veer Savarkar | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: CM Eknath Shinde on Sunday announced that the under-construction Bandra-Versova Sea Link will be named after Swatantrya Veer Savarkar. Earlier this month, CM Shinde announced that Mumbai Coastal Road will be named after Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj. The move is being seen as an attempt by the Shinde-Fadnavis government to woo Maharashtrian voters ahead of the local body polls and next year’s assembly polls.
Over 10 years ago, the city’s first sea link – the 5.6km Bandra Worli Sea Link – was opened to motorists. The BWSL is named after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The move is also seen as a bid to take on the Shiv Sena (UBT), as Uddhav Thackeray is part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) with the Congress and NCP.
Political analysts said that the BVSL was going to be one of the city’s biggest landmarks and naming it after Savarkar would help the Sena woo Marathi voters. Analysts said that as the main railway station and airport are named after Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, and the coastal road being named after Chatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj, naming the BVSL after Savarkar would also serve as a political statement for CM Shinde and show his commitment to the Marathi manoos.

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