The iconic Howrah Bridge is the pride of West Bengal. The bridge is renamed the Rabindra Setu (after the great Bengali poet the Rabindranath Tagore) in 1965 and it is considered one of the most important and renowned locations in the capital city of Kolkata, West Bengal. Although the bridge is renamed Rabindra Setu but still the bridge is popularly known as the Howrah bridge. The bridge is a balanced cantilever bridge and was originally named as New Howrah bridge because it replaced an old pontoon bridge (at the same location). The Howrah bridge connects two leading cities of the state of West Bengal – Kolkata and Howrah.
Can you understand its importance? The bridge is constructed over the Hooghly River and was opened on 3rd February 1943. The bridge is considered one of the busiest cantilever bridges in the world carrying a daily traffic of approximately 100,000 vehicles and more than 150,000 pedestrians!
When the bridge was constructed then it was the third-longest cantilever bridge but now it is the sixth-longest bridge of its type in the world. In this blog, we will discuss some important facts about the Howrah bridge. So, let’s get started!
There are several interesting facts about Howrah Bridge, such as
I have discussed several facts about the Howrah bridge, an essential part of Kolkata as well as the life of Bengali people. Besides the economic importance, the bridge has cultural importance too. Considering the overall importance of the Howrah bridge the government has taken many initiatives to save the bridge from various unwanted disrupt, such as – spitting of gutkha, rust formation, etc.
So, do you want to see our Howrah bridge? Come to Kolkata and visit the majestic bridge! The sweet wind of the Hooghly River (that you will face while standing on the bridge) will give you peace of mind and you will be bound to say “Wah Kolkata!”
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