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    Howrah Bridge (Rabindra Setu) completes 74 years as a cantilever bridge

    On 19th February, 2017, the famous and iconic Howrah Brige (later renamed as Rabindra Setu) completed 74 years of glorious existence. It is located over the Hoogli River in West Bengal, and is said to be the busiest bridge of the world. It got its name (Howrah Bridge) because it connects the Howrah city with Kolkata.

    Howrah Bridge is a cantilever bridge that spans over the Hooghly River in West Bengal. A cantilever bridge is the one built using cantilevers, structures that project horizontally into space, supported on only one end. Now it is the sith longest cantilever bridge of the world. The bridge does not have nuts and bolts and was built by riveting the whole structure. It stands on two 270 feet high pillars. The bridge carries a daily traffic of approximately 1,00,000 vehicles and more than 1,50,000 pedestrians.

    On June 14th, 1965, the bridge was renamed 'Rabindra Setu' after Rabindranath Tagore. However, it is still popularly known as Howrah Bridge.

    A superhit film named 'Howrah Bridge' was made in 1958 casting Madhubala and Ashoke Kumar.
  • #592315
    Yes, This Howrah bridge is very famous and one of the tourist attraction of West Bengal. Whenever we are going to find general knowledge these facts explained by the author come across. This is interesting fact that it does not have nay nut and bolt. Truly it is a masterpiece of engineering. I salute to those engineering who made this cantilever bridge a reality.
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  • #592348
    Like Charminar for Hyderabad, Howrah Bridge is the marvelous bridge getting the name and fame to Kolkatta. The Howrah Bridge was seen in many films and many songs are made on this bridge. Great to know that it is celebrating 74th years of existence. I understand the bridge is getting old and cannot sustain the ever increasing traffic between Howrah and Kolkatta and I want to know from the author whether there is a possibility to have second bridge beside that. Moreover how the bridge is withstanding the vagaries of nature as Kolkatta and NE regions are vulnerable for cyclone effects often ?
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #592352
    Mr. Mohan: There is another bridge between Howrah District (Shivpur) and Kolkata to cut down the traffic on Howrah Bridge (Rabindra Setu). That bridge is another engineering marvel. Vidyasagar Setu (Second Hoogly Bridge) is a cable-stayed bridge of length of 2700 metre supported by 121 cables.
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