New Delhi: The long-awaited Signature Bridge project over Yamuna river in Delhi will finally be open for public on November 4. The bridge, which aims to reduce the travel time between northeast and north Delhi, will be the first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge in India. The bridge was conceptualised in 2004 with a measurement of 675 m length and 35.2 m width.
The construction work of the Signature Bridge, which commenced in the year 2010, was expected to get over by 2013. However, it took nearly eight long years. Since the project missed several deadlines, the delay escalated the cost of construction. The Signature bridge is expected to ease the vehicular traffic, currently borne by the Wazirabad bridge, which connects Delhi and Ghaziabad.
In the coming week, the bridge will be made available for public use. The observation deck located on the tip of the pylon will be open for public view after three months. A 22 m high steel-glass structure has been used at the top of the pylon so that people can enjoy a panoramic view of Delhi. The work in progress at the observation deck is likely to get over next year by the end of January or February.
With the opening of 575m-long bridge next month, the project would successfully conclude. Senior Delhi government officials told The Times of India that the approach roads situated on the eastern (1.8km) and western side (1.5 km flyover on Outer Ring Road) of the Signature bridge was already opened in phases. A cycle track which was constructed long back was also opened to traffic in phases.
The Signature Bridge infrastructure project is undertaken by the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation. Announced in 2004, the project received a nod from the Delhi Cabinet in 2007 and was initially expected to be completed at a modified estimate of Rs 1,131 crore by the Commonwealth Games held in October 2010.
(With Agency inputs)