In pics: Selfie lovers turn Delhi’s Signature Bridge into a death trap

New Delhi: After a 14-year-long wait, Delhi’s Signature Bridge finally opened for the public on November 5. The bridge, which is being publicised as a tourist spot, in the coming days, will have a glass viewing deck and dedicated selfie spots. But people couldn’t for that and instead have been putting their lives at risk to get the perfect selfie.

On Friday  night, people got out of their vehicles and stood on the suspension cables to get their pictures clicked. Some could be also seen hanging out from their moving cars to click selfies.

Built over Yamuna river at Wazirabad section of the national capital, the bridge, meant to ease traffic congestion between north and northeast Delhi, is the first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge in India. The bridge will have a 154-metre-high glass box which will act like an observation deck for the visitors, giving them a bird’s-eye view of the city. The visitors will be taken to the viewing deck in four elevators, which will be able to carry around 50 people at a time. The elevators area is likely to be operational by February.

The bridge was first approved in 1997 after school bus fell off the narrow Wazirabad bridge into the Yamuna, killing 22 children. Work, however, only got underway in 2008 and costs too escalated due to delays. In 2004, it had an estimated cost of Rs 494 crore. The projected cost was hiked to Rs 1,131 crore in 2010 when New Delhi hosted the Commomwealth Games. The project was delayed even further and its estimated cost grew to Rs 1,594 crore.