Signature Bridge fast-tracked to link north and east Delhi

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SummaryFoundation work almost complete, construction material being imported from China.

Work on the foundation of Signature Bridge, which will be built across the Yamuna to provide a key link between north and east Delhi, is almost complete and the entire project is likely to be completed by 2014-end.

Material for construction of the bridge is expected to arrive from China early next year.

“Gammon, C Cidade of Brazil and Tensacciai of Italy have formed a joint venture to construct the bridge. The foundation work for the bridge, which will be constructed on stilts, will be completed by January. Eighty per cent of the foundation has been laid. Material for construction of this bridge is being imported from China. The entire consignment will be here by April,’’ an official of the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation said.

This bridge will replace the existing bridge at Wazirabad. “The cable-stayed bridge will link NH-1 near the existing T-point at Wazirabad on the western bank with the Marginal Bund Road at Khajuri Khas on the eastern bank of the Yamuna, connecting north and east Delhi,’’ the official said.

The bridge will have a bow-shaped steel pylon 154 metres high. It will be twice as high as the Qutub Minar. This bridge is intended to be the first part of the proposed tourism destination at Wazirabad.

“The bridge is being built across the Yamuna, 600 metres downstream from the existing barrage at Wazirabad and will be a bow-shaped, cable-stay structure. The main deck of the bridge will be supported by cables which in turn will be connected to a central pylon. The pylon will be high-grade steel, manufactured in China. It is being shipped to India in asymmetrical blocks which will be assembled to make one structure,’’ the official said.

The project was announced in 2004 by Delhi government but work began only in 2008. The project will cost Rs 1,131 crore.

“The western approach of the bridge which comprises a flyover was opened to traffic last year. It allows signal-free movement along existing intersections at Timarpur, Nehru Vihar and Wazirabad. But the eastern approach of the bridge, with a provision of a 550-m flyover at Khajuri Khas, will only be ready for use by January-end,’’ the official said.

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