Howrah Bridge, Kolkata

Howrah Bridge

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World’s fourth busiest Cantilever bridge is situated on the River Hooghly and connects the western bank of Kolkata to the eastern bank of Howrah. This bridge acts as the lifeline of Kolkata city and offers its best view from the centre of the river, although photography is restricted here.

This bridge, which handles a regular traffic of roughly 60,000 vehicles and uncountable pedestrians, is now popularly called Rabindra Setu after Rabindranath Tagore. In 1939, the construction of this bridge began, owing to the communication problem between Howrah and the-then three villages of Sutanuti, Kolkata and Gobindopur. With time, Howrah emerged to be the largest railway station in West Bengal and the centre of the metropolitan city of Kolkata.

Moreover, it was put up at the time of the 2nd World War to allow access for the Allied powers to the Burmese front. Previously there was a pontoon bridge constructed by Sir Bradford Leslie in 1874. This structure was redesigned and made into the Howrah Bridge in 1942, which was opened to the public for use since February 1943. An approximate figure of Rs. 333 crore was invested to create the strong structure of Howrah Bridge.

The bridge had two sections that covered the entire pool joining both the sides. The bridge was also lighted up by electricity. The length of the bridge was 1528 ft. and its width was 62 ft. There are two 7 ft. wide pavements on both sides of the bridge for the pedestrians and the 48 ft. road with 8 lanes allows passage of traffics and serves commuters 24 hrs.  
 


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Aman Aanand

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  • Aman Aanand
  • Lives in Guwahati
  •  9 helpful votes
  • Posted Jul 22, 2017
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Dolon Ghosh

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  • Lives in Durgapur
  • 2 Reviews
  •  28 helpful votes
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  • Posted Aug 20, 2016
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Er abhishek Mishra

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  •  42 helpful votes
  •  50 readers
  • Posted Jul 23, 2016
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Rajat gupta

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  • Rajat gupta
  • 2 photos
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  •  151 readers

"Must Visit : The Howrah Bridge"

  • 5.6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Built in the times of British rule, the structure remains one of oldest landmarks in Kolkata. Despite of all traffic jams and all one must see this spectacular architecture. You can spent some good time in the evening, boating is also available to admire the beauty.
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Kamles patel

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  • 10 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Nice architecture"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2017
Viewed the bridge from the second highly bridge during my Kolkata trip in December 16.. Viewed only the outline due to partial fog.. The bridge appears beautiful from the distance though.. Viewed during the afternoon.. Possibly morning view could be clearer..
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Manoj Menon

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  • Manoj Menon
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 298 photos
  • 23 Reviews
  •  39 helpful votes
  •  14934 readers

"The First Cantilever Bridge"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2017
Howrah Bridge was the first Cantilever bridge ever to be made in India. It is a major landmark of the city and connects Kolkata to the Howrah Station. It is built over the Highly river and you can see a number of vehicles ply over it everyday.
Though the upkeep of the bridge is not being done well but even then it is a place worth to visit. I especially like to visit it during the late evenings and watch the river flowing below.
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Deb prasad Choudhury

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  • Deb prasad Choudhury
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  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 10 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
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"A must see"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 3, 2017
As always it is inspiring and is a must-see at least once. It is a humongous structure and it is the first and the largest cantilever bridge(i. E. Without pillars between the river banks) in India and carries an enormous traffic throughout the day.
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Ajit Banthia

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  • Ajit Banthia
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 13 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  12879 readers

"Kolkata's Lifeline since 30's"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 22, 2016
An unique and grandeur bridge one of its own kind which must have the heritage tag. Millions cross the bridge from both side since it was build. An amazing view at sunset/night fro the mid river. In spite of its drawbacks you will instantly fell in love. For me it is a love at first sight and continues even after 70 years. Still I like to see it whenever I enter Kolkata. Just nostalgic. Also a panoramic view of the ghats and some great buldings of Kolkata and Howrah. It may look chaotic to a first time visitor but that is the way of life I enjoy too. By your veggies, consumables, and anything from pin to music.
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Rapolu Nikhil

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  • Rapolu Nikhil
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 13 photos
  • 14 Reviews
  •  39 helpful votes
  •  33537 readers

"Wonderful construction"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 6, 2016
Howrah Bridge is a cantilever bridge with a suspended span over the Highly River in West Bengal, India. One of the great construction in India. I visited this Howrah bridge few year ago the views from this bridge is wonderful
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Suvobroto Ray chaudhuri

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  • Suvobroto Ray chaudhuri
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 324 photos
  • 54 Reviews
  •  49 helpful votes
  •  35944 readers

"History of Kolkata"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jun 23, 2016
Howrah Bridge is a bridge with a suspended span over the Highly River in West Bengal, India. The bridge was originally named the New Howrah Bridge. The bridge links two cities of Howrah and Kolkata. Later it was renamed as Rabindra Setu.
The bridge does not have nuts and bolts. It consumed 26, 500 tons of steel, out of which 23, 000 tons of high-tensile alloy steel, known as Tiscrom, were supplied by Tata Steel.
The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) is vested with the maintenance of the bridge. The bridge has been subject to damage from vehicles due to rash driving, and corrosion due to atmospheric conditions and biological wastes. The bridge is also considerably damaged by human spitting. Corrosion has been caused by bird droppings. As an immediate measure, the Kolkata Port Trust engaged contractors to regularly clean the bird droppings.
Riding over the bridge is not charged.
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Yusuf Ali

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  • Yusuf Ali
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 32 Reviews
  •  22 helpful votes
  •  28086 readers

"Enjoy the breeze"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 29, 2016
One of Kolkata's heritage situated over Ganga, it looks amazing at night lights. Spending time with friends enjoying breezing air of the river, anyone can come without any restrictions.
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Nilesh Jain

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  • Nilesh Jain
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 39 photos
  • 27 Reviews
  •  30 helpful votes
  •  20307 readers

"What a bridge!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 8, 2016
It is bridge which has historical values with very dependable job of serving the city of the great Kolkata. A must visit place to see the beauty of architecture.
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Lipsa Pany

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  • Lipsa Pany
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 24 photos
  • 15 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  10284 readers

"Engineering marvel and that's Howrah Bridge"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 5, 2016
We took a ferry ride from Babu Ghat towards Howrah Station, ticket price is Rs. 5/-. Wind blowing and taking tour over majestic Ganga has a different feel, while crossing the river we were taken close to the Howrah Bridge and it was breathtaking. Kolkata is an ancient city with lot of history and this is one of the legends, I fell in love the engineering, in total it's a good experience. After reaching Howrah Station either you can take a ferry back or by cab your wish, I took the ferry back again Rs. 5/-.
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