Wait till next year for bird’s eye view of city

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Atul.Mathur @times­group.com

New Delhi: The ob­ser­va­tory deck on the top of the py­lon of the iconic Sig­na­ture Bridge, which prom­ises to give a bird’s eye view of the city, is un­likely to be opened to the pub­lic be­fore the end of this year.

While the four-storeyed ob­ser­va­tory deck has been com­pleted, sources said the work to in­stall the lifts and con­struc­tion of the ticket counter and the ramp to take tourists to the el­e­va­tors was yet to be­gin.

Delhi Tourism and Trans­porta­tion De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (DTTDC), the agency car­ry­ing out the project, is yet to fi­nalise the agency that will in­stall the the­matic lights on the iconic struc­ture to give it a dis­tinct look.

“We are in process of fi­nal­is­ing the agency to build the ticket counter, park­ing lot, pub­lic con­ve­niences, cafe­te­ria and a ramp that will con­nect the park­ing area with the py­lon where the lifts are be­ing in­stalled. It may take about three months to com­plete,” said an of­fi­cial.

After their visit to Sig­na­ture Bridge a month ago, chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal and his deputy Man­ish Siso­dia had said the ob­ser­va­tory deck would be com­pleted by Septem­ber 25 and the view­ing gallery atop the 165m py­lon would be opened for tourists by the end of Septem­ber.

Sources said out of the four el­e­va­tors to be in­stalled in­side the py­lon, three have al­ready been put in place. Work on the fourth one was still go­ing on. An of­fi­cial said the lift would be made func­tional by the first week of Oc­to­ber. The four-storeyed ob­ser­va­tory deck with glass façade would be able to ac­com­mo­date 60-70 tourists.

Delhi govern­ment is likely to fi­nalise the agency to in­stall the­matic lights at the SIG­NA­TURE BRIDGE: With the work to in­stall lifts and con­struc­tion of the ticket counter and the ramp to take tourists to the el­e­va­tors yet to be­gin, the ob­ser­va­tory deck will take more time to be ready

struc­ture soon. Of­fi­cials said among the com­pa­nies that par­tic­i­pated in bid­ding process, five had been short­listed after tech­ni­cal eval­u­a­tion to make a pre­sen­ta­tion of the light­ing pat­tern to a com­mit­tee of ex­perts formed by the govern­ment.

“After the pre­sen­ta­tions, the fi­nan­cial bids of the com­pa­nies will be opened. We hope to fi­nalise the bid­der and award the work or­der by the

end of Septem­ber. We ex­pect the light­ing to be op­er­a­tional by the last week of De­cem­ber,” the of­fi­cial said.

The open­ing of the view­ing gallery would be the end of phase-I of the Sig­na­ture Bridge project. In phase-II, the bridge would be de­vel­oped as an in­ter­na­tional tourist des­ti­na­tion with bio­di­ver­sity parks, am­phithe­atres, mar­kets and river­fronts de­vel­oped on both banks of the Ya­muna.

Yo­gesh Ku­mar

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