Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on November 4, 2018 inaugurated the long awaited Delhi's Signature Bridge, the first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge in India.
The bridge was constructed by the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC) at an expenditure of Rs 1,518.37 crore. The 675-metre bridge aims to reduce travel time and traffic congestion between the north-eastern and northern parts of Delhi.
The bridge was first approved in 1997 after school bus fell off the narrow Wazirabad Bridge into the Yamuna, killing 22 children. However, a number of hurdles and budget modifications led to the delay in its completion.
Signature Bridge: A tourist destination with selfie spots for tourists
Built over the Yamuna River, the bridge includes 154-metre-high glass box like observation deck at the top of the bridge, offering a panoramic view of the city. This deck will act as a selfie spot for the tourists, offering a bird's eye view of the city.
Four elevators will take a total of 50 people to the deck. The elevators are likely to be operational in two months.
• The bridge will ease pressure on the Ring Road and is expected to reduce traffic congestion on NH-9, starting from Wazirabad Chowk near Khajuri Khas.
• The bridge is expected to reduce the travel time by at least half an hour for commuters going to Loni, Ghaziabad and areas near Uttar Pradesh border via Bhajanpura, Khajuri Khas, and Yamuna Vihar in northeast Delhi from north Delhi areas like Wazirabad, Mukherjee Nagar and Burari.
• Some of the vehicles going towards Loni from Rohini and outer Delhi can now be diverted through the Wazirabad Bridge.
• The bridge will also take off considerable traffic from the Kashmere Gate ISBT.
• It will be an addition the old Wazirabad Bridge that serves as a major link across the Yamuna for lakhs of people living in northeast Delhi colonies, and caters to more than two lakh vehicles each day.
• All-in-all, the bridge would decongest the Outer Ring Road, Shahdara Bridge, ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Khajuri Khas, Bhajanpura, Old Wazirabad Bridge and Pusta Road.
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