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Delhi's first arch-shaped bridge to open next week

delhi Updated: Sep 15, 2011 23:04 IST
Atul Mathur
Atul Mathur
Hindustan Times
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Delhi's first arch-shaped pedestrian bridge near the Ghazipur underpass is almost ready and will be thrown open to the public next week.

The bridge is similar to the one that collapsed near Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium just before the Commonwealth Games.

Senior public works department (PWD) engineers said that two other such pedestrian bridges, which are being constructed along the National Highway 24 on either side of Ghazipur flyover, would be ready by October.

Though the bridge may not be inaugurated formally, PWD engineers said pedestrians would be able to use it.

"The bridge is ready. We are giving it final touches. It will be opened shortly," said Sudhir Kumar, PWD spokesperson.

The three bridges will facilitate thousands of people living in areas such as Ghazipur, Indraprastha Extension, Khichripur, Kalyanwas and other neighbouring areas to cross the busy NH24 and Road no 56, which connects Anand Vihar ISBT with the Ghazipur flyover. The cost of the three bridges combined is being pegged at Rs 7.5 crore.

The unique feature of the Ghazipur bridge is its 66-metre-long pedestrian deck which is standing without any support. The deck hangs with the arch through steel suspenders making it look like a huge gate.

The bridge near Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium had collapsed after the pin of one of the 26 suspenders that connected the walkway of the bridge with the arch had snapped.

It had caused huge embarrassment to the Delhi government.

PWD engineers said they have taken utmost care to ensure the safety of the people using the Ghazipur bridge.

"We have procured suspenders and bars from another company called Freyssinet. The construction is being carried out under the direct supervision of the company's engineers," said a senior PWD engineer. "We also modified the construction module. We first created support and then constructed the arch and deck," he added.