The Indian capital’s new ‘Eiffel Tower’ is supposed to a be structure that says ‘Namaste’
- Delhi’s Chief Minister,
Arvind Kejriwal, inaugurated the ‘ Signature Bridge’ on 4 November and it will be open to the public starting today.
- Being pegged as
India’s ‘ Eiffel Tower’, the structure is actually supposed to emulate the gesture of saying ‘Namaste’.
- The bridge is expected to reduce the travel time to ten minutes for a journey that would ordinarily take at least forty-five minutes to complete.
Delhi! Here is your pride ..The Signature Bridge ..— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) November 3, 2018
Ready to welcome you tomorrow for inauguration ceremony.. 4pm onwards.. Sunday. 4th Nov. pic.twitter.com/kVicLkACWh
The ‘Signature Bridge’ stretches across the city’s main river, the Yamuna, connecting the eastern end of the city to the western end. The aim is to decongest the roads and help daily commuters that usually have to endure arduous traffic jams.
In fact, the journey from the outskirts of the city to the centre normally takes 45 minutes. But, with the bridge, the Indian government is claiming that the transit time will likely be cut down to just 10 minutes instead.
Moreover, the bridge would save on the fuel consumption and help contain the capital’s abysmal air quality.
But, in its likeness to the Eiffel Tower, there’s a glass box on top of the bridge at 154 meters that serves as the viewing gallery. There are four elevators that can bring people up to box, which in turn, can support up to 50 visitors at one time.
Unfortunately, the viewing gallery hasn’t quite been completed yet, which is why the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC) will close the bridge for a couple of hours (11 PM to 5AM) for a month following Diwali, one of India’s most iconic Hindu festivals.
Even if you can’t go up to the gallery, there are designated selfie spots to stop and pose for pictures along the 575-meter bridge.
Creating a ‘civil engineering spectacle’
Inaugurated by the city’s Chief Minister (CM) and Deputy CM, Arvind Kejriwal and
It took ₹15.18 billion to finally open the bridge to the public with Kejriwal claiming that Delhi’s newest tourist spot would attract, not only local but international visitors. He added that the Signature Bridge will be at par with the Qutub Minar and India Gate with respect to its popularity.
The new landmark is already twice the height of the former.