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Signature Bridge to open by October-end: Sisodia

Signature Bridge to open by October-end: Sisodia

NEW DELHI: India's first asymmetrical cable-stayed Signature Bridge connecting the Outer Ring Road with Wazirabad will open by the October-end, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Thursday.

"The Delhi Cabinet cleared the proposal for the final payment for Signature Bridge. 96 per cent of the work is already complete. Now, there should be no hurdles in opening the bridge by October 31," Sisodia tweeted.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal chaired the Cabinet meeting on Thursday for a consecutive third day. A week ago, the Expenditure Finance Committee approved the final revised estimate of Rs 1,518.17 crore for the completion of construction work of Signature Bridge. The Signature Bridge project was approved in 1997 after an accident on the narrow Wazirabad bridge, wherein a school bus fell into the Yamuna, killing 22 children.

The completion of the bridge was delayed by several years due to inadequate funds. Even the project cost has increased from Rs 1,100 crore to Rs 1,575 crore, becoming a major cause of concern for the Public Works Department. The PWD has released Rs 1,244 crore, so far. The project was conceptualized in 2004 and got the nod from the Delhi Cabinet in 2007. The first deadline was fixed ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games but it was revised to 2013.

The project deadline was again pushed to June 2016 and then to July 2017, which was further pushed to December 2017. The 675m long and 35.2m wide bridge will be the first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge in the country, which will connect Wazirabad across the river Yamuna. The bridge, once completed, will take vehicular pressure off the existing Wazirabad bridge. It will also connect the Outer Ring Road on the western bank of the river with Wazirabad Road on the eastern side.

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