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