The wait for the Signature Bridge in the national capital is finally over after 14 long years. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will inaugurate the 575-metre-long suspension bridge on Sunday and it will be thrown open for public on Monday.
Built over river Yamuna, Signature Bridge will reduce the travel time between north and northeast Delhi. It will also share the traffic burden of the Wazirabad bridge. It will also offer a panoramic view of the city and have designated selfie spots.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia visited the bridge on Friday and conducted inspection to ensure everything is in place.
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
Delhiites will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the 154-metre-high glass box on the top of the bridge, where they will be taken in four elevators with a total capacity of carrying 50 people. The elevators area likely to be operational in two months, an official said.
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Announced in 2004, the bridge has missed several deadlines since 2011. The proposal for the bridge, mooted in 2004, received approval of the Delhi Cabinet in 2007. It was initially expected to be completed at a modified estimate of Rs 1,131 crore for the Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi in October 2010. In 2015, the cost of the project rose to Rs 1,594 crore. Reportedly, the bridge was proposed for the first time as early as in 1997 at an initial cost of Rs 464 crore.
All you need to know about the Signature Bridge:
(With agency inputs)