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Signature bridge, double Qutub Minar's height, to cut travel time in Delhi

Inaugurating the bridge with a 154-metre pylon, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia said that it will be a centre of attraction among local and international tourists

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Signature Bridge. Photo: Dalip Kumar
Signature Bridge. Photo: Dalip Kumar

The over the inaugurated at an eventful function Sunday is double the height of Qutub Minar and has been delayed over 14 years.

The new landmark connect the Wazirabad across the to the inner city and will reduce the between north and northeast

Inaugurating the bridge with a 154-metre pylon, and his deputy said that it will be a centre of attraction among local and international tourists who come to to visit historical monuments and buildings like India Gate and Qutub Minar.

The bridge will be a big relief to huge number of commuters who were earlier stuck up in long traffic jams over a narrow bridge in Wazirabad area.

The Western and Eastern approaches to bridge will connect the nearby areas like Timarpur, Nehru Vihar, Wazirabad, Aruna Nagar, Mukherjee Nagar on Ring Road to Bhajanpura on Mangal Pandey Marg.

The bridge will reduce the commuting time between northeast areas and the inner city from 45 minutes to just 10 minutes, saving the pollution and fuel, a government statement said.

The boomerang-shaped pylon consists of two inclined columns, which are rigidly connected to the driving lanes and bend mid-way. The upper portion of the pylon anchors the backstay cables as well as the main-span cables, arranged in a harp like manner, the statement said.

The pylon from a distance looks like hands folded in a greeting posture. Its top is created by a 22-metre high steel-glass structure, which will provide a panoramic view of Delhi.

Visitors will be taken in four elevators with a total capacity of carrying 50 people to a 154-metre-high glass box on the top of the bridge to provide them a bird's-eye view of the city, the statement said.

Announced in 2004, the bridge missed several deadlines since 2011.

The proposal for the bridge, mooted in 2004, received approval of the in 2007. It was initially expected to be completed at a modified estimate of Rs 11.31 billion for the Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi in October 2010.

In 2015, the cost of the project rose to Rs 15.94 billion.

Sisodia claimed that the actual work on the bridge started when came to power in 2015 although the idea of it was conceived way back in 1997 by the then

He also said that an additional cost of around Rs 350 was raised by engineers as there was a huge underground rock and it needed to be stabilised for safety.

He also alleged that the Centre created "obstacles" so that the bridge was not completed in regime.

First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 22:30 IST