- Announced in 2004, the Signature Bridge has missed several deadlines
- The Bridge will reduce travel time between north and northeast Delhi
- It is the first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge in India
Delhi's shiny new Signature Bridge was inaugurated today after several missed deadlines. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal unveiled the bridge this evening and it will be open to public from tomorrow. The grand launch is expected to be followed by a laser show.
The Signature Bridge, which has a 675-metre-long cable-stayed section, is built over Yamuna river and will reduce the travel time between north and northeast Delhi. It will share the burden of the Wazirabad bridge and connect the Outer Ring Road on the western bank of the river with Wazirabad Road on the eastern side.
It is the first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge in India and will offer a panoramic view of the city. Four elevators will take a total of 50 people to the top of the bridge. It will have designated spots for selfie-crazed Delhiites. The elevators area likely to be operational in two months, an official said.
The bridge will also serve as a tourist destination with the 154-metre-high glass box offering a bird's eye view of the city, said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
Delhi! Here is your pride ..The Signature Bridge ..- Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) November 3, 2018
Ready to welcome you tomorrow for inauguration ceremony.. 4pm onwards.. Sunday. 4th Nov. pic.twitter.com/kVicLkACWh
Mr Sisodia has invited all the citizens of Delhi to be part of the inauguration. "The whole of Delhi is welcome. It's a matter of pride for the city," he tweeted.
The deputy chief minister also alleged on Twitter that the BJP tried to create hurdles for the project, appointed incompetent officers, threatened those who are honest, and how it was a challenge for the AAP government to make this dream a reality.
The bridge was first approved in 1997 after school bus fell off the narrow Wazirabad bridge into the Yamuna, killing 22 children. Work, however, only got underway in 2008 and costs too escalated due to delays.
It was initially expected to cost Rs 1,131 crore and was to be completed before the Commonwealth Games held in Delhi in October 2010.
In 2015, the cost of the project rose to Rs 1,594 crore. The deadline was again pushed to June 2016, then to July 2017 and December last year.