The iconic Signature Bridge on the Yamuna River in New Delhi was thrown open for public on Sunday after a long wait of fourteen years.
The Signature Bridge will be India’s first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge. It will provide a relief to the people residing in areas like Yamuna Vihar, Gokulpuri, Bhajanpura, Mukherjee Nagar, Timarpur, Buradi and Azadpur who have to commute regularly to the Karnal bypass via Wazirabad bridge. They can now complete the journey within minutes, for which they earlier had to travel from 30 minutes to one hour. The bridge will share the burden of vehicular traffic currently borne by the Wazirabad bridge. The bridge built on Yamuna will connect people of north east part of the national capital with Karnal By-pass.
The total length of the bridge is 675 meters and width is 35.2 meters. Former Delhi CM Sheila Dixit wanted that other than the Lotus Temple, Delhi should be recognised for more architectural examples. It was then decided to lay off a bridge from the vertical pylon. When viewed from far, the pylon appears to be in the ‘Namaste’ posture. Due to its special shape, the ‘Signature’ bridge would welcome people entering the city with a ‘Namaste’.
The pillar of the bridge which is visible from far away, known as pylon, is one of the most striking features of it. A pylon is a bar or rod that supports some structure, like a bridge or a highway overpass. The length of the pylon is 154 metres which is twice the length of Qutub Minar.
Two elevators from the base of the pylon will carry tourists to the the View Gallery at the top, from where people can get a bird-eye view of the city.
Initially, the two-laner bridge made for the up keeping of the Wazirabad barrage was the only way for the people in north east Delhi to commute to Karnal bypass. It was also becoming necessary to reduce traffic load from the 60-year-old bridge. Therefore the Signature Bridge was made.
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.