Howrah Bridge Overview

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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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Ashish Debnath

Ashish Debnath5.0/5

35 reviews

Still continues to amaze

I crossed the bridge (better known as Rabindra Setu) while leaving the city, travelling towards Howrah Station. It is at a stone's throw distance from the Howrah Station . I have been seeing it since my childhood trips to my native place and it has still not lost its touch.

Chetri basu

Chetri basu5.0/5

2 reviews

Nice special

Thanks to gift this to our city. There are many popular things but this is unique so I feel better than other things. Overall are good to regularly visit.

Rajat gupta

Rajat gupta4.0/5

2 reviews

Must Visit : The Howrah Bridge

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

Kamles patel3.6/5

10 reviews

Nice architecture

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..

Manoj Menon

Manoj Menon4.6/5

79 reviews

The First Cantilever Bridge

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

Deb prasad Choudhury4.3/5

10 reviews

A must see

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.

Ajit Banthia

Ajit Banthia3.9/5

13 reviews

Kolkata's Lifeline since 30's

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

Rapolu Nikhil4.3/5

14 reviews

Wonderful construction

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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  • Wonderful construction

Punpun .

Punpun .4.6/5

56 reviews

History of Kolkata

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

Yusuf Ali5.0/5

32 reviews

Enjoy the breeze

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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