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Glory of Howrah Bridge is gone.
There was a time when it was synonymous to Kolkata.
There was a time when it used to be treated as a wonder. And why not? Look, it crosses the wide river Hooghly in a single span, without any pillar connecting it to the river bed. It stands on two 280 feet high pillars with a central span of 1500 ft. between centers of main towers. The anchor arms are 325ft. and the cantilever arms are 468 ft. long at both ends.
Once it was one of the longest bridges of this type in the world.
And the most amazing thing about the bridge is that no bolts and nuts were used in this structure which was made by riveting the steel.

But now, there are so many cantilever bridges in the world, much longer than this old one. Ah yes, it is old. Once a pontoon bridge (in 1874), the Howrah Bridge in present form was commissioned in 1943.

Howrah Bridge is unhappy. River Hooghly is getting dirtier and dirtier every day. The cities it is connecting, are getting more and more populated every day. Howrah Bridge is no more the ONLY link between Kolkata and Howrah. The ‘Second Hooghly Bridge’ has been laid down in 1992. And this new cable bridge, Vidyasagar setu, is one of the longest bridges of its type in Asia … much longer and more gorgeous than its old counterpart.
So, glory of Howrah Bridge is gone.

But Howrah Bridge, you are still the most important link between the twin cities. Your steel ribs carried more than 1,50,000 vehicles and 5,00,000 pedestrians even today. You are still treated as an engineering marvel. You are not only a bridge, you are the icon of Kolkata.
Stay there forever. We adore you … Howrah Bridge.

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  • Copyright: Alekhya Sundar (aleXundar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 0 N: 265] (1256)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-11-17
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/180 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-01-15 6:29
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