The arch-shaped suspended pedestrian bridge on Barapullah Road near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium has been awarded a special prize for innovation and design at a function to celebrate 159th CPWD Foundation Day at Vigyan Bhawan on Friday. The bridge had collapsed during construction before the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and was rebuilt later.
Sarvagya Srivastava, Delhi PWD chief engineer of flyover division, who was the manager of Barapullah project (the pedestrian bridge was part of the project), received the award from Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
It was the first time such a bridge was attempted in India. While its construction was suspended, the PWD constructed three more such pedestrian bridges near Ghazipur in east Delhi and another one just 200 metres from this bridge on Barapullah Road itself.
The construction of the bridge that had collapsed was taken up again later and was completed earlier this year. The PWD had sourced the equipment from a different company.
Delhi PWD minister Raj Kumar Chauhan had earlier told Hindustan Times that pedestrian bridges of similar design will be constructed at other locations when Barapullah elevated road is extended to Aurobindo Marg and then Mayur Vihar in phase II and phase III respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, Dikshit exhorted the CPWD to come out with a manual on making homes more environment-friendly as it was the only solution to depleting natural resources such as sources of power and underground water table.