Howrah Bridge is a bridge over the River Hoogly, connecting Howrah to Kolkata. Anyone visiting Kolkata by train has to go over the bridge. It was built in 1943 and the official name of the bridge is Rabindra Setu. However, is popularly known as Howrah Bridge. It is one of the marvelous engineering skills of the British in India. After reaching Howrah station I crossed the bridge on my way to Kolkata. It is one of the busiest cantilever bridges in the world, carrying more than 100,000 vehicles and 150,000 pedestrians daily. It is also the sixth longest in the world.
As I crossed over the bridge, I saw many heavy vehicles, cars, buses etc move on it. There were also people walking over the path for pedestrians. It looked so busy and vibrant and I was easily absorbed in the din. All vehicles looked in a hurry to reach their destinations and were speeding off fast. Once or twice a slight traffic jam occurred, but it soon cleared off.
The bridge took 7 years for the completion and once it was completed, it started off as one of the busiest bridges in India. You find no nuts or bolts in Howrah Bridge. It is 705 meters long and 97 meters wide. 26,500 tons of high tensile steel was used to construct the bridge and the two piers on which the bridge is supported are 90 meters above the ground. Other than the Howrah Bridge, there are three other bridges here, which are Vivekananda Setu, Vidyasagar Setu and the newly built Nivedita Setu. Vidyasagar Setu is popularly called the second Howrah Bridge. At night the bridge is illuminated with lights and it is a beautiful sight with the reflection of the illuminated bridge on the waters of the River Hoogly.
The Howrah Bridge is a landmark of Kolkata and has been shown in many Bengali, Hindi and regional films. Whenever Kolkata is mentioned, Howrah Bridge is bound to be mentioned. Pictures of the bridge are seen on postal stamps and the bridge has a prestigious position in the heart of the Bengali people.