New Delhi: The Signature Bridge project is likely to be completed by March 2016, Delhi tourism minister Jitender Singh Tomar announced on Wednesday. Proposed in September 2004 as a Commonwealth Games project, its first deadline expired in 2010.
“The Signature Bridge project will be completed by March next year. I will personally look into the project and make sure there is no further delay. The delay happened because of technical issues but now we have overcome those hurdles. It will be one of Delhi’s iconic landmarks,” Tomar said.
The bridge is a cable-stayed 35m wide bridge, with a 150m high pylon steel tower. The length of the main span is 251m and the total length 675m. It’s designed to have a composite deck with eight lanes—four to each side. Such a deck was used for the first time in the second Hooghly bridge, also known as Vidyasagar Setu, in Kolkata.
Once completed, the bridge will connect the Outer Ring Road with Wazirabad road on the eastern bank of Yamuna. “This bridge is one of a kind; but there were a few hurdles which we are trying to resolve. German consultants are helping us to complete the project by next year,” said a senior official.
The funds allocated for the project went up from Rs 887 crore to Rs 1,131 crore. Officials claim they require an additional funding of Rs 300 crore. “We were having issues with drilling. A new machine was procured from Korea, which proved effective,” said the official.
Delhi Tourism promises to revamp and beautify the surroundings to make them more attractive. The plan is to widen the Yamuna into a lake-like water body and develop the area into a park, complete with eateries and water sports facilities. “The bridge will have LED lights during festivals and special days. Activities like water sports will be made available for the public,” Tomar said.
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