India’s First Asymmetric Cable Bridge In Delhi
The Signature bridge will share the burden of traffic that the Wazirabad Bridge currently bears alone, as people travel to and from Delhi and Ghaziabad. Connecting the Outer Ring Road on the Western Bank, with the Wazirabad Road on the Eastern Bank of the Yamuna, the bridge will cut travel time by at least 30 minutes for commuters going towards the Ghaziabad and Bhopura Border.
The bridge is 675 metres long, 35.2 metres wide, and the bow-shaped steel pylon, is 154 metres tall, around double the height of the Qutub Minar. The project is expensive—the initial estimated cost was Rs 887 crore, which went up to Rs 1,131 crore in 2013, and now stands at . The Delhi High Court admonished the Public Works Department and Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC)
The bridge is a joint venture of Gammon (India), Construtora Cidade (Brazil) and Tensacciai (Italy). The main attraction of the Signature Bridge is a bow shaped steel pylon 154 metres high — twice the height of Qutub Minar — with a gallery viewing facility on top.
Proposed in 2004, approved by the Delhi government in 2007, and with Deadline 1, set for 2010, the bridge is long overdue. The revised deadline, 2013, was again pushed to 2015 when the AAP-led government took over, and then, it was pushed to 2017. In July 2017, the Delhi government raised Rs 100 crore for the construction, and set a March 2018 deadline, before the October 5th deadline was finally set.
The AAP government conducted an aerial survey and used drones to find a realignment for the signal-free corridor, to connect the bridge, to the DND flyaway, in South Delhi. This was the first-of-its-kind feasibility project, using drones.The bridge is all set to unclog routes, like the one from Timarpur and ISBT to Khajuri Khas, and other routes between northeast and north Delhi.