Supporters of Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and the AAP entered into a scuffle amid heavy security arrangements minutes before the inauguration of the Signature Bridge in national capital on Sunday.
The much-awaited Signature Bridge on the Yamuna is set to open for public on November 5. As per the project plan, the bridge, which will reduce the travel time between north and northeast Delhi, will have designated selfie spots.
Manoj Tiwari claimed that the police and Aam Aadmi Party supporters misbehaved with him when arrived at the inauguration of the Signature Bridge.
“I was invited to the inauguration event. I am an MP from here (North-East Delhi). So what's the problem? Am I a criminal? Why has the police surrounded me? I am here to welcome him (Arvind Kejriwal). The AAP and the police have misbehaved with me,” said Tiwari.
According to Tiwari, it was him who had re-started the construction of the bridge after it was stalled for many years.
"In my constituency, I re-started construction of the bridge after it was stalled for many years and now Arvind Kejriwal is organising an inauguration ceremony,” Tiwari said.
Reacting to the incident, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Unprecedented. Chaos by BJP at Signature Bridge inauguration site. Its a Del govt prog. Police mute spectator. Can LG, being head of Del police, ensure peace and order at Signature bridge inauguration site?”
Unprecedented. Chaos by BJP at Signature Bridge inauguration site. Its a Del govt prog. Police mute spectator. Can LG, being head of Del police, ensure peace and order at Signature bridge inauguration site?— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 4, 2018
Aam Aadmi Party leader Dilip Pandey said thousands of people had arrived at the inauguration to celebrate without an invitation card, but Manoj Tiwari was doing “hooliganism”.
“BJP people thrashed AAP volunteers and local people. They have been admitted to a hospital,” said Pandey.
Delhiites will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the top of the bridge, where they will be taken in four elevators with a total capacity of carrying 50 people.
The elevators area likely to be operational in two months, an official said.
.@ArvindKejriwal along with the entire Delhi Cabinet will inaugurate the World Class Engineering Marvel : #SignatureBridge today in a Grand Program from 4PM onwards.— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) November 4, 2018
Stay Tuned !#AAPatWork pic.twitter.com/mDf2xI2y5N
He said the bridge will serve as a tourist destination with the 154-metre-high glass box giving a bird's-eye view of the city to visitors.
Announced in 2004, the bridge has missed several deadlines since 2011. The proposal for the bridge, mooted in 2004, received approval of the Delhi Cabinet in 2007. It was initially expected to be completed at a modified estimate of Rs 1,131 crore for the Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi in October 2010.
In 2015, the cost of the project rose to Rs 1,594 crore. Reportedly, the bridge was proposed for the first time as early as in 1997 at an initial cost of Rs 464 crore.
The bridge will share the burden of vehicular traffic currently borne by the Wazirabad bridge.
(With agency inputs)