Howrah Bridge, Kolkata

Howrah Bridge

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About 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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Dolon Ghosh

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  • Dolon Ghosh
  • Lives in Durgapur
  • 1 Review
  •  7 helpful votes
  • Posted Aug 20, 2016
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Er abhishek Mishra

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  • Er abhishek Mishra
  •  25 helpful votes
  •  26 readers
  • Posted Jul 23, 2016
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Deb prasad Choudhury

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  • Deb prasad Choudhury
  • Avid tripper
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 10 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  1997 readers

"A must see" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1354 readers

"Kolkata's Lifeline since 30's"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Nikhil Rapolu

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  • Nikhil Rapolu
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 13 photos
  • 14 Reviews
  •  32 helpful votes
  •  10563 readers

"Wonderful construction"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  • 318 photos
  • 53 Reviews
  •  40 helpful votes
  •  21685 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
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  9473 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
  • 37 photos
  • 26 Reviews
  •  20 helpful votes
  •  10903 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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  • 2 votes

Lipsa Pany

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  • Lipsa Pany
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 20 photos
  • 15 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  6276 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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Kopite Kk

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  • Kopite Kk
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 34 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  20978 readers

"Huge suspension bridge"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Apr 28, 2016
There are two bridges at Howrah. Old and New. The New bridge is better looking, especially at night. There is a lot of traffic on the roads so it's not like you can walk around on the bridge.
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  • Jasmin
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1470 readers

"Well-maintained bridge"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 13, 2016
Well structured and maintained bridge but too much traffic and roadside vendors on the bridge side which is very inconvenient for tourist. 1 hr is enough to visit this place. When I had visited during night time, bridge was shining with lights and other decoration which is amazing to view.
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Kamal Dahiya

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  • Kamal Dahiya
  • 40 photos
  • 68 Reviews
  •  21 helpful votes
  •  23602 readers

"Engineering marvel"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Mar 31, 2016
Me and my friend visited Kolkata this year in March for India vs Pakistan match, next day we decided to explore Kolkata city. First we decided to see Howrah bridge, which is nearby Howrah railway station, this bridge looks beautiful at time of sunset and sunrise. Bridge looks beautiful with yellow taxis and blue buses running on it. Photography is ban here, but you can capture this from ferries, from Hoogly river. This bridge looks more beautiful in night with violet lights.
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