New Delhi: The Signature bridge of Delhi will remain shut for public use for a period of 12 days starting from November 4 to November 15, stated a report on Wednesday.

It must be noted that the bridge will not be available for public use during a time period when the Delhi government’s odd-even road rationing scheme will be in effect. The purpose of closing the Signatory bridge during the odd-even period is to give time for the construction agency to take out the crane and machinery deployed while erecting the pylons and four-storey observatory deck of the bridge, stated a report.

The brief closure of Signature bridge would cause inconvenience to lakhs of commuters from northeast Delhi as the bridge links Wazirabad with East Delhi. Thus, commuters have to find other routes to travel during a particular time period.

Earlier, the traffic police had rejected the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation’s (DTTDC) plea to close the road for public use and remove the heavy equipment above the bridge. Authorities cannot let the passengers use the bridge while the tower crane, temporary ladder and other equipments are being removed from the construction site. Therefore, the work-in-progress will be carried out by closing the bridge from November 4-15.

Notably, this 575-metre-bridge was built with an aim to reduce the travel time and ease the flow of traffic between the northern-eastern and northern part of the national capital. It was constructed by the DTTDC and first opened for public use in November 2018. Besides, Signature bridge is the first-ever asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge constructed in India.