Howrah Bridge : The most popular bridge in India

The Howrah Bridge is one of the four bridge that spans the Hooghly River and is a famous symbol of Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It was originally named the New Howrah Bridge as it links the city of Howrah to its twin city, Kolkata. It was renamed Rabindra Setu, on 14 June 1965, after Rabindranath Tagore a great poet and the first Indian Nobel laureate. But it is still popularly known as the Howrah Bridge.

The other bridges are the Vidyasagar Setu – popularly known as the Second Hooghly Bridge, the Vivekananda Setu and the newly built engineering marvel Nivedita Setu.  Apart from bearing the stormy weather of the Bay of Bengal region, it successfully bears the weight of a daily traffic of 80,000 (approximately) vehicles and possibly, more than 1,000,000 pedestrians. It is the sixth longest bridge of its type in the world.

Howrah bridge have equalled its position to Sydney Harbor Bridge. But the later can never dream of such a traffic. The bridge connects Howrah and Kolkata and is the lifeline of the city. The best way to enjoy its stately beauty is to view it from the middle of the river.

Howrah bridge is one of the finest specimens of the The Cantilever Era and is one of the best cantilever bridges in the world. This is a great contribution of the British engineers and the Indian heritage is enriched with this exquisite masterpiece of technology. The new Bridge after going through a series of procedure was opened to traffic on February 1943. This bridge became the busiest bridge and the census of the daily traffic on the bridge in May 1946 was taken and found to be consisting of 27,400 vehicles, 121,100 pedestrians and 2,997 cattle.

So, if u get a chance to visit  Kolkata then don’t forget to see Howrah bridge .

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