Rabindra Setu, popularly known as Howrah Bridge in Kolkata and enumerated amongst the busiest cantilever bridge in the world, completed platinum jubilee of its journey.
The Howrah Bridge, located over the Hooghly River, was opened to traffic and public in February 3, 1943.
Kolkata Port Trust will observe 75th Anniversary of Rabindra Setu on board 'Riviera' at Man of War Jetty near Princep Ghat this evening.
In this significant occasion, City Mayor Sovan Chatterjee will inaugurate the function and grace the occasion as Chief Guest. Mayor of Howrah Dr Rathin Chakravarty will grace the occasion as Guest of Honour.Kolkata Port Trust Chairman Vinit Kumar will preside over the function.
The iconic landmark of the city Howrah Bridge is one of the defining monuments of the city and the pride of its inhabitants connecting the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah. It is perhaps the best-known bridge in India and certainly one of the most recognizable.
Today, Howrah Bridge acts as the gateway to Kolkata, connecting the city to the Howrah Station, the main railway station of the city and the busiest railway station in India. At the time of its construction, it was the third longest cantilever bridge. Now, it's the sixth longest bridge of its type in the world. It took nearly about seven years to construct the bridge.
The bridge is spectacular in the sense that it doesn't have nuts and bolts but is formed by riveting the whole structure.
The first transport to make the journey across the Hooghly, via the newly opened bridge was not a car or a bullock cart; it was a tram. Because of the heavy load on the bridge the use of trams was discontinued along the route from 1993.
Apart from bearing the stormy weather of the Bay of Bengal region, it successfully bears the weight of a daily traffic of approximately 150,000 vehicles and possibly more than 4,000,000 pedestrians making it the busiest cantilever bridge in the world. Steamer boats still run under it to ferry people from one side of the Hooghly to other.
On June 14, 1965, it was renamed Rabindra Setu, in the memory of the Nobel Laureate Bengali poet Rabindra Nath Tagore. However, it is still popularly known as the Howrah Bridge.