New Delhi: In a first, two bike-borne people died after their vehicle rammed into a divider at Signature Bridge, India’s first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge in the national capital, during the wee hours of Friday. The incident took place at 8:45 AM. The identities of the deceased have not been identified so far. However, police suspect that the people in question were trying to click selfies at the iconic bridge while speeding the bike. Also Read - USA's Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Invites 3 Jamia Millia Islamia Alumni to Judge The Oscars
The passengers fell off the bridge after their two-wheeler hit the divider and died on the spot. Delhi police received a PCR call at 8:50 AM regarding the incident. Further details pertaining to the cause of the incident are currently awaited. Also Read - OPINION | Fans' Cringeworthy Reactions to 16-Year-Old TikTok Star Siya Kakkar's Death by Suicide Brings us to Square One of Mental Health Discussion
A similar situation was witnessed on November 10 at Signature Bridge. Scores of people were seen posing while clinging onto the window panes of cars and playing loud music. A couple of men were also snapped sitting on the suspension cables to get their pictures clicked. Also Read - PETA India Documents Cruelty to Jallikattu Bulls in Tamil Nadu, Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down The Sport
Furthermore, due to the absence of police personnel, commuters were performing dangerous stunts on bikes, thus endangering their lives. The whole bridge was found littered with waste. While some visitors threw plastic bottles, others discarded footwear on the newly- constructed bridge.
Constructed by the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) at a cost of Rs.1, 518.37 crore, the bridge is expected to reduce traffic in Northeast and North Delhi. The western and eastern ends of the bridge connect nearby areas like Nehru Vihar, Wazirabad, Aruna Nagar, Mukherjee Nagar on Ring Road to Bhajanpura on Mangal Pandey Marg.
A 5.154-metre-high glass box atop the pylon is under construction. It is likely to offer a bird’s eye view of Delhi to commuters. As many as four elevators will take around 50 people total to the top of the bridge.