Howrah Bridge, Kolkata
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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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Basab Ray chaudhuri

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  • Basab Ray chaudhuri
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 110 photos
  • 104 Reviews
  •  37 helpful votes
  •  33137 readers

"6th Longest suspension cantilever Bridge in the World" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The River Hooghly divides the city of Calcutta and Howrah. The idea of constructing a suitable bridge to connect both the cities came about 175 years back. Initially a Pontoon Bridge was built. But the very purpose of uninterrupted and smooth movement of vehicles, carts, pedestrians could not be ensured. Resultantly, in the early part of 20th Century, it was planned to replace the Pontoon Bridge by a proper transport friendly bridge. World famous Engineering Consulting Firm RPT of London was engaged for designing the intended bridge.

This gave birth of famous symbol of Kolkata ' The HOWRAH BRIDGE '. Construction of this Suspension Type Balanced Cantilever Bridge started in the year 1936 and continued till 1943 when the bridge was opened to the public.

Howrah Bridge is not only the pride of Kolkata but also the longest bridge of its kind in India. Lacs of vehicles and pedestrians use the bridge daily. The bridge is maintained by the Engineers of Kolkata Port Trust. This famous landmark of Kolkata is renamed after the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore as 'RABINDRA SETU '.
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Bharat bhushan sharma

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  • Bharat bhushan sharma
  • 2 Reviews
  •  18 readers

"Marvellous piece of gift by British period" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Howrah bridge is such marvellous piece, a gift from the British period. It looks amazing especially at night. A stream or ride underneath the bridge is an experience of other world. One cannot help snapping a lot of shots of far shore. Take shots of bridge from the ferry, during crossing bridge by road from your cab.
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Kamla kanti kindo

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  • Kamla kanti kindo
  • Lives in Ranchi
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1233 readers

"Best bridge in the world" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This bridge is really one of the best best bridge of the world. It gives one type of different identification to Kolkata. I want to say, to visit once who have not seen till now. If you are going to Kolkata and not visiting there, your journey cannot be completed.
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Santosh Babu

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  • Santosh Babu
  • Lives in Narasaraopet
  • 1 Review
  •  18 readers

"Brilliant construction" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The whole time I spend was so enjoying. Very brilliant construction. Superb locations and enjoyed the time spending with friends.
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Nikhil Pavanam

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  • Nikhil Pavanam
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 11 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  987 readers

"Ancient and largest Bridge"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Howrah Bridge is the ancient bridge and largest bridge in India. Many people visit this place daily. It is a good sightseeing place to enjoy and to travel.
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Samir Sharma

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  • Samir Sharma
  • Lives in Paschim Medinipur
  • 2 Reviews
  •  134 readers

"Awesome Bridge"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The location of this bridge is near Howrah Station. I visited this place from Babu Ghat (Ferry Ride), it is awesome. Anyone can feel its glory. Enjoy!!!
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Raja Choudhury

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  • Raja Choudhury
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews
  •  163 readers

"Really amazing"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The bridge is really amazing, it's a great experience for me and also for my friends. We took some pictures and watched the bridge for 30 minutes and it is nice.
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Siddharth Kumar

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  • Siddharth Kumar
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews
  •  176 readers

"A nice view"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A very nice view particularly when seen from the Outram Ghat at night. I personally recommend all to visit this place at night to have a beautiful experience of this place. Enjoy the street food with this nice image of the Howrah Bridge, it will really give you a nice feel.
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Rubel Sarkar

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  • Rubel Sarkar
  • 2 Reviews
  •  164 readers

"The wonder bridge"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If you go to Kolkata you must see Howrah Bridge it is very beautiful and wonder. A bridge that is very high on the river and very good seen. I wanted to go again to this place to visit with my friends.
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Saurav Dubey

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  • Saurav Dubey
  • Lives in Bhagalpur
  • 2 Reviews
  •  180 readers

"A famous place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Howrah Bridge is famous place of Kolkata and people come here and see it, people also excited to go here and must say beautiful place and very nice.
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