Pitampura TV Tower

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Pitampura TV Tower is a 235-metre (771 ft)-tall television tower, built in 1988, with an observation deck that is located in the northwest of New Delhi, India. It is the 15th tallest structure in India, and the tallest structure in Delhi. Dilli Haat Pitampura is also situated near the TV tower.[1] The Tower was dedicated to the Nation as Dr. B. R. Ambedkar TV Tower 10 April 1992 by the Hon’ble Sh. Ajeet Kumar Panja Minister for The State of Information & Broadcasting.

History[edit]

The Ambedkar TV tower was built in 1988, in one of the biggest commercial/business districts of New Delhi. Netaji Subhash Place in Pitampura is one of the main local tourist spots of Delhiites.[citation needed] Delhi's second Dilli Haat, a traditional food and crafts bazaar, was developed by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) in Pitampura, was established close to the Ambedkar TV Tower and spread over 7.2 hectares in April 2008.[2] Also it has Pitampura Sports Complex by its side.

Pitampura TV tower as seen from Dilli Haat, Pitampura, New Delhi
Pitampura TV Tower

In October 2010, Lt. Col. Satyendra Verma, an officer of the Indian Army Sports sky diving team, successfully performed India's first BASE jump on Friday, off the 235-metre-tall Ambedkar Tower. On 5 October 2011 Indian celebrity illusionist and magician Abhishek Kumar Mishra vanished this TV Tower in the broad day light for a live audience for the promotion of a Magic Festival which was organised by delhi tourism on 7–9 October 2011.[3][4][5] On 5 January 2013 a fire broke out within the 200m high tower around 10:30pm and took 15 fire men to control it.

Public access[edit]

The tower is no longer open for public, due to security reasons.

Accessibility[edit]

It is located at Netaji Subhash Place Metro Station, a station of the Dilshad -Rithala metro line of the Delhi Metro. The tower is named after the Pitampura area and near Pitampura Dilli Haat of New Delhi.It is located just opposite to Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce.

Further reading[edit]

  • H.R. Viswanath: Television Tower in New Delhi with Revolving Restaurant at Top (India). in: IABSE Structures C-50/89, August 1989, ISSN 0377-7286, S. 50–51. (here online)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dilli Haat". delhitourism.nic.in. Archived from the original on 1 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "CM inaugurates Pitampura Haat". Indian Express. 14 April 2008. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Armyman dares country's first BASE jump". The Hindu. 30 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Fall and rise of India's first BASE jumper". Indian Express. 30 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Pitampura Haat to be opened in November". The Hindu. 3 June 2007.

Coordinates: 28°41′50″N 77°09′01″E / 28.69721°N 77.15035°E / 28.69721; 77.15035