Trivia / West Bengal

The 405 m long Howrah Bridge is supported by ______ pillars that lie in the Hooghly river.

  1. zero
  2. two
  3. four

zero

Howrah Bridge, also known as Rabindra Setu, is the 6th longest cantilever bridge in the world. It stretches over 405 metres and has a 14 feet footpath on both sides. A cantilever bridge is constructed using structures that generally project horizontally and are supported only at one end. The Howrah Bridge is made of structured steel and prestressed concrete for the construction of these cantilevers. It was the 3rd longest cantilever bridge at the time of its construction.

The construction of Howrah Bridge began in in 1936 and took 6 years to complete. The major attraction of this bridge is its suspension system where two pillars stand at the ends of the bridge while the entire bridge is suspended using projected horizontal beams. It is also said to be the world’s busiest cantilever bridge. It witnesses about 100,000 vehicles every day and a rough total of 150,000 pedestrians.

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