Howrah Bridge- The Gateway of Kolkata

The Howrah Bridge history- Cantilever bridge Kolkata

The Howrah Bridge is one of the best cantilever bridge around the world. The Howrah Bridge is the engineers dream and a marvel creation of world bridging. This bridge is the busiest cantilever bridge in the world. The Howrah Bridge bridges the Hooghly River and connects Howrah and Kolkata- So the Howrah Bridge is called "The Gateway of Kolkata". The view of Howrah Bridge from the middle of the river Ganga is just inexpressible. At the night it looks standing in grand style and expressing that I will reach you to "Tilottama Kolkata". On 14th June 1965 The Howrah Bridge was named after Rabindranath Tagore, hence Ravindra Setu.

Why The Howrah Bridge was built?

The Second World War was looming dangerously. There was an urgent need of military transportation between Kolkata and Howrah during World War II. This led the creation of engineering marvel The Howrah Bridge

Construction History of Howrah Bridge

The year 1937 was the cantilever era and engineers felt that cantilever bridge would be more durable and rigid than normal suspension bridge. The offer of making such a grand work given to many firms. Atlast the work contract was won by Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Co. Ltd of Darlington. Tata Iron and Steel Company supplied steel and the fabrication work was done by Burn, Braithwaite and Jessop Company. The quantity of steel supplied by Tata Iron was 23,500 tons. The urgency was such, Indians were trained for the job and divided in three shifts of 8 hours each. So the construction work was on for 24 hours.

In February 1943 the concrete work and steel work was completed and The Howrah Bridge was opened to traffic.

The total Cost of Howrah Bridge construction was Rs. 333 crores.

Quick Description with details of Howrah Bridge

The Howrah Bridge is the suspension type cantilever bridge built on Hooghly River, which was started in 1937 and opened to traffic in 1943. This bridge was built entirely on riveting technic. There was no use of nuts or bolts. This bridge is used now as a road bridge. The daily traffic estimated as 150,000 vehicles per day and more than 200,000 pedestrians per day.

The bridge is 705 metres long and 30 metres wide, supported by two piers. 26,500 Metric Ton steel used for this bridge.It has 3 spans. The tower of the Howrah Bridge is 269 feet high.

Linkage: The Howrah Bridge connects Burrabazar the busiest place of Kolkata.The Howrah Bridge also connects Kolkata with the Howrah Railway Station.

Hidden Secret of Howrah Bridge

The Howrah Bridge expands as much as a meter long during summer season.

[I have also attached a picture the making of Howrah Bridge, Anandabazar Patrika]

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