The much-hyped Signature Bridge may not shape up in time for the Commonwealth Games 2010. The Delhi government, however, is trying to ensure that at least two flyovers, which are a part of the Bridge project, are ready for use before the games.
Bifurcating the Signature Bridge project in two parts, the Delhi government has given green signal to the construction of connecting roads and two flyovers, which will serve as the approach to the bridge. The contract for the main bridge, the steel component, will be awarded later.
Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC), the agency constructing the bridge, has recently awarded the contract for the two flyovers. While one flyover will come up along the Ring Road on western side of the bridge, the other will be constructed at Khajoori Khas in East Delhi.
Global tenders for the main bridge, said DTTDC officials, has already been floated. While the total cost of Signature Bridge is over Rs 800 crore, the two flyovers and connecting roads will cost DTTDC RS 348.9 crore, a senior DTTDC official said. "The two flyovers, to be constructed on eastern and western side of the proposed Signature Bridge, will help in improving traffic flow on either side," the DTTDC official said.
The flyover on Ring Road will be 1.2 kilometre long "It will cover both the Wazirabad Road-Ring Road intersection as well as Ring Road-Timarpur Road intersection and will provide signal free journey to motorists along the Ring Road. The flyover will be constructed in 24 months," said a DTTDC official.
The flyover on the eastern side of the Signature Bridge will be constructed over Wazirabad-Loni Road intersection and will take 30 months to complete. DTTDC officials said both the projects will be completed in time for the Commonwealth Games 2010.