» Cost: Rs. :388 crores
» Established - 1992
» Supported by - 121 wire cables, 457m. Long & 115
Located 2 km.to the south of Howrah Bridge, the Vidyasagar Setu is
Kolkata's newest suspension bridge across the Hooghly.
About Vidyasagar Setu
Vidyasagar Setu, also known as second Hooghly Bridge, a Golden Gate
Bridge which connects the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah. The
morning scenes of slipping Kolkata from this bridge is simply mind
blowing. With 9 lanes of traffic routes the bridge is capable of
handling more than 85,000 vehicles every day.
It was built to reduce vehicular pressure from the latter. The
construction work took 22 years and cost Rs. 3.88 billion and
finally it was opened to traffic officially on 10th October 1992. It
is a most sophisticated engineering marvel and the world's third
largest cable-stayed bridge. Supported by 121 wire cables, it is 457
m. long and 115 m. wide. This graceful structure stands on four
pylons, on a foundation that is 100 m. deep. It affords a panoramic
view of the Calcutta skyline. The Vidyasagar Setu or the second
Hooghly Bridge spans over the Hooghly River linking Calcutta to its
twin city of Howrah and on to Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi. This is a
toll bridge and gives a fast connection from downtown Kolkata to the
Botanical Gardens (which has the world's biggest banyan tree) and
the Bengal Engineering College.