Delhi’s Signature Bridge, built on the Yamuna river near Wazirabad, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday. The long-delayed bridge, which has a 154-metre-high glass box, will reduce travel time between north and northeast Delhi.
Here’s all you need to know about Signature Bridge
# Announced in 2004, the bridge missed several deadlines. The bridge was supposed to be operational in 2010 before the Commonwealth Games but got delayed due to several issues.
# The construction cost of the bridge rose to Rs 1,594 crore in 2015 from the initial cost of Rs 1,131 crore. “There were several issues that caused delays. But, we pushed officials, and finally it has been completed,” Deputy CM Manish Sisodia two days before the inauguration.
# The bridge will be opened to the public on Monday, November 5. A laser show is also expected to take place after the inauguration ceremony.
# The bridge will have four elevators, with an overall capacity of carrying 50 people. It will give a bird’s-eye view of the city to visitors.
# The inauguration ceremony, however, ran in a controversy after Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari gate-crashed the event and created a ruckus over not being invited. Calling the incident unprecedented, Kejriwal said, “Chaos by BJP at Signature Bridge inauguration site. It’s s a Del govt prog. Police mute spectator. Can LG, being head of Del police, ensure peace and order at Signature bridge inauguration site?”