New tower to take you to ‘top’ of city?

Lifts In Ex­ist­ing Struc­ture Of Sig­na­ture Bridge Too Small

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.

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The size of the tri­an­gu­lar el­e­va­tors is very small and will be able to ac­com­mo­date only four peo­ple at a time

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