The much-awaited Signature Bridge on the Yamuna, to be opened by the end of October 2018, will serve as a tourist destination with the 154-metre-high glass box giving a bird’s eye view of the city to the visitors. Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said the work on the bridge was ‘almost complete’ and it would be opened for public use by October 31, 2018. Announced in 2004, the bridge has missed several deadlines since 2011.
“The Signature Bridge would be opened for public use by 31st October. It’s going to be one of the most important tourist destinations in India. A glass box at 154 mt hight would be the top most viewpoint from where we can have a look on our city ” Sisodia tweeted, on August 18, 2018, after an inspection of the bridge. He said the final shape was being given to the top pylon and all the 15 cables installed are to be stressed. “All this would be done in two months,” he added.
The proposal for the bridge, mooted in 2004, received nod of the Delhi cabinet in 2007. It was initially expected to be completed at a modified estimate of Rs 1,131 crores, for the Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi in October 2010. In 2015, the cost of the project rose to Rs 1,594 crores. Reportedly, the bridge was proposed, for the first time as early as in 1997, at an initial cost pegged at Rs 464 crores. Besides being a tourist attraction, the bridge will serve to share the burden of vehicular traffic being borne by the Wazirabad Bridge.