Tourism Minister reviews Signature Bridge, says eastern approach to open in a month

Tourism Minister Somnath Bharti on Wednesday reviewed the Signature Bridge project, which has been under construction for the past nine years. He said the eastern approach of the project is expected to open in the next 15-30 days.

The eastern approach, with a 550 m long flyover at Khajuri Khas, is expected to open for traffic by this month-end. "I went to review the project. There are three parts to the project the main bridge and the eastern and western approach. While the western approach is functional, the eastern approach is expected to open in another 15-30 days," Bharti said.

The western approach of the bridge, which comprises a flyover, was opened to traffic in 2012 and allows for signal-free movement over intersections at Timarpur, Nehru Vihar and Wazirabad. "There were some shortcomings that I also pointed out and I have asked officials to rectify them at the earliest," he said.

The foundation work of Signature Bridge is almost complete and the entire project is likely to be completed by 2014-end. This bridge, being constructed across the Yamuna, will provide an essential link between North and East Delhi. All the material for construction of the bridge is expected to arrive from China by April.

"Gammon, C Cidade (a Brazilian company) and Tensacciai (an Italian company) have formed a joint venture to carry out construction of the bridge. The bridge will be constructed on stilts. The material for construction of this bridge is being imported from China. The entire consignment would be in India by April," an official from Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation said.

Once constructed, this bridge will replace the bridge at Wazirabad. "The cable-stayed bridge will link NH-1 near the T-point at Wazirabad on the Western bank with Marginal Band Road at Khajuri Khas on the Eastern bank of Yamuna connecting North Delhi to East Delhi," the official said.

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