Howrah Bridge West Bengal

Howrah Bridge is Suspension type Balanced Cantilever bridge over the Hooghly river that connected two cities of west bengal i.e Howrah city and Kolkata City, the official name of this Howrah Bridge is now Rabindra Setu and it was renamed by State government in 14th June 1965 on the name of famous bengali poet and first Indian Nobel laureate Sri RabindraNath tagore.

Brief History Howrah Bridge

The bridge was commissioned in year 1943 when it replaced the old pontoon bridge that was joining the two cities, the concept came in year 1862 in Bengal govnment of that time, so they asked to the chief engineer of East India Company Mr George Turnbull to think about a bridge.

Why Howrah Bridge is Safe after Amphan Cyclone

Howrah Bridge is made by Steal and this bridge does not have nuts and bolts so it was formed by riveting the whole structure, It consumed around 26,500 tons of steel, out of which 23,000 tons of high-tensile alloy steel, known as Tiscrom, were supplied by Tata Steel is an Indian company . The main tower was constructed with single monolith caissons of dimensions 55.31 x 24.8 m with 21 shafts, each 6.25 metre square. So the structure of this bridge is very important due to that no storm or cyclone can demoralize it, all the air can passed by the areas that is situated in this entire bridge, this is one of the quality due to that this bridge is safe and stand for a long time

Quick Facts about Howrah Bridge

Name Howrah Bridge
Coordinates22.5851°N 88.3469°E
Carries4 lanes of Strand Road, pedestrians and bicycles
CrossesHooghly River
LocaleHowrah and Kolkata
Official nameRabindra Setu
Maintained byKolkata Port Trust
DesignSuspension type Balanced Cantilever and truss arch
Total length705 m (2,313.0 ft)
Width71 ft (21.6 m) with two footpaths of 15 ft (4.6 m) on either side
Height82 m (269.0 ft)
Longest span1,500 ft (457.2 m)
Clearance above5.8 m (19.0 ft)
Clearance below 8.8 m (28.9 ft)
“Designer Tritton
Constructed byBraithwaite, Burn & Jessop Construction
Construction start1936
Construction end1942
Opened3 Feb 1943; 77 years ago
Daily traffic300,000 vehicles and 450,000 pedestrians

Where is Howrah Bridge Located in West Bengal

Howrah Bridge Location in West Bengal is showing in Google Map

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