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Pictured here is the Vidyasagar Setu (Setu = Bridge in Bengali), a toll bridge over the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India, linking the cities of Kolkata (previously known as Calcutta) and Howrah viewed from near the Prinsep Ghat in Kolkata. With a total length of 823 metres (2,700 ft), Vidyasagar Setu is the longest cable–stayed bridge in India and one of the longest in Asia. The bridge is named after Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (1820 –1891), an Indian Bengali polymath, educationist and social reformer who was a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance.

Prinsep Ghat, a port and a mooring for ships and boats, was built during the British rule, on the eastern bank of the river Hooghly (Ganges) on Kolkata side. The Palladian porch (WORKSHOP photo) was designed by W. Fitzgerald and constructed in 1843 commemorates James Prinsep (1799 –1840), an English scholar, orientalist and antiquary. He was the founding editor of the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal and is best remembered for deciphering the Kharosthi and Brahmi scripts of ancient India and for deciphering the inscriptions related to Emperor Ashoka. He studied, documented and illustrated many aspects of numismatics, metallurgy, meteorology apart from pursuing his career in India as assay master at mints in Benares and Calcutta. (Wikipedia)
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