NEW DELHI: The on Friday Delhi that the much-delayed would be by October after which trials will be conducted.
A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao asked the agency to file a status report and fixed the matter for November 14 to “enable the respondents (authorities) to complete the project, do the trials and file a report,” the court observed.
HC had earlier frowned upon the Delhi government and its departments for “quibbling over” the amount to be paid for the construction of the “long overdue” Signature Bridge and had directed the chairperson of the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation and the chief of engineering of the PWD to physically inspect the bridge and the alternatives provided to citizens to satisfy themselves about the construction.
The bridge connects Delhi with Uttar Pradesh’s industrial areas, like Tronica city in Ghaziabad. On its part, PWD said that it had already paid Rs 1,344 crore for the project as against the initially agreed cost of Rs 544 crore, and now the DTTDC was asking for Rs 200 crore more. DTTDC, on the other hand, told the court that the cost of the project has escalated.
HC is hearing a PIL highlighting the inordinate delay in the project. It pointed out that the bridge had already missed several deadlines since 2011.
Announced in 2004, the project received a nod from Delhi cabinet in 2007 and was initially expected to be completed at a modified estimate cost of Rs 1,131 crore by October 2010. In 2015, the cost of the project rose to Rs 1,594 crore.
The Signature Bridge, when completed, is expected to share the burden of vehicular traffic, which is currently being borne by the Wazirabad Bridge, which itself, according to PWD officials, requires “structural rehabilitation and strengthening.”
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