New tower to take you to ‘top’ of city?
Lifts In Existing Structure Of Signature Bridge Too Small
New Delhi: While the observatory deck at Signature Bridge is being readied to give a 360 degree panoramic view from a height of about 150 metre, Delhi government is exploring the possibility of constructing another tower parallel to the existing structure with high speed lifts to take tourists to the top.
Sources said the lifts in the existing structure, which are
PANORAMIC VIEW: being built inside the pylon, are too small and may prove insufficient to carry the load of tourists once the bridge is opened for public. The high speed lifts in another structure parallel next to the pylons of the cable-stayed bridge will ensure higher number of passengers taken to the four storeyed observatory deck at a faster speed.
The idea was mooted when chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who also holds the charge of tourism department, visited Signature Bridge to review its progress in August this year.
According to officials, the Signature Bridge pylon will have a total of four lifts – two will move diagonally and take passengers to the height of about 70m and the other two will go straight up for about 60m and connect to the four storeyed deck. Since the speed of the diagonally moving elevators will be extremely slow due to its design, it will take tourists about four minutes to reach the observatory deck. Sixteen passengers will be able to go to the top simultaneously. The four-storeyed deck will be connected through a spiral staircase.
“Also, the size of the triangular elevators is very small and will be able to accommodate only four people at a time. Some people may even start feeling claustrophobic inside due to the peculiar design, space constraint and slow speed,” said a Delhi government official, requesting anonymity. “High speed elevators in a separate tower will make going to the top of the deck much convenient.”
Constructed at a cost of Rs1,518 crore, the Signature Bridge was conceptualised in 2004, while the council of ministers, led by then chief minister Sheila Dikshit, gave its approval to the project in 2007. It took more than 11 years for the government to open the road of the bridge in November 2018. The construction of the deck and the glass façade took another year.
Sisodia confirmed that the government is looking at the possibility of a parallel tower and more elevators. “It is to ensure a good glass lift view up to the top. That would be more attractive for tourists,” Sisodia said.
Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation’s chief project manager Shishir Bansal said the German consultant who designed Signature Bridge will be in Delhi next month to discuss the proposal.
The size of the triangular elevators is very small and will be able to accommodate only four people at a time