Vidyasagar Setu Kolkata

Vidyasagar Setu Kolkata

Kolkata is perpetually a city celebrating human existence, concurrently luxurious, cultural, and squalid. Swathed with dainty charm, Kolkata offers hood for every soul in quest of peace. If you peel off the layer of its vividness, you will come across plenty of ghats that are stacked against Kolkata’s architectural grandeurs. Vidyasagar Setu or the second Hooghly Bridge of Kolkata is one of those engineering marvels that enhancing the evening life of Kolkata, ranks up as an iconic tourist spot which is acclaimed as one of the “engineering wonders” by the residents of the city.


The Bridge serves as a prime intermediary connecting Kolkata to the industrial city of Howrah. With the twilight eventually drawing in, Kolkata looks stunning against the Vidyasagar Setu, illuminated in the backdrop of Hooghly River. In its course of countless chores and a regal daily, sitting by the banks of Hooghly in the evening, while sipping on a cup of piping hot tea, the sight of Vidyasagar Setu by the dusk, can be rewarding for the tired souls. You can fetch a phenomenal sight of the streak of light that dashes across the Hooghly River. The glistening lights mark the immense length of the Kolkata Hooghly Bridge, India’s longest cable-stayed bridge.

History of Vidyasagar Setu, Kolkata

Like that of the city itself which dwells in the richness of historical legacy, Vidyasagar Setu too is brimming with history that is worth taking an insight into. With the city jostling amongst chaotic pedestrians and honking vehicles, the bridge never fails to mesmerize you with its antique charm and old stench.


 Its establishment dates back to the British colonial era before the revolt of 1857 saw its uprising. To leverage the rapid hustle over Hooghly, it was in 1868, when the need of a bridge found its first base, and before it could set off the sail, in course of time, the Kolkata Port Trust was set up.


The ultimate construction was temporarily put under the cover until May, 1972. Meanwhile, a pontoon bridge or a floating bridge, however, established, failed to control the teeming traffic generated over Hooghly. Soon the need arose for the inception of a bridge that would be stronger and much better to keep the rising traffic under regulation. The construction of the first cantilevered Howrah Bridge saw the first rays of sun in 1941.


Over the years of independent India, unable to cater to the surging congestion, the potent Howrah Bridge too saw its demise. In 1969, the Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners, found its roots to place the construction of the Kolkata Hooghly Bridge or the Vidyasagar Setu. It was finally in the year of 1972, when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi laid the founding stone of the bridge while naming it after the great 19th-century reformer, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. The bridge turned into a reality abridging Kolkata and Howrah for the pedestrians by 1992.

Architecture of Vidyasagar Setu, Kolkata

Vidyasagar Setu is truly an architectural splendor. From times of the British India, to the millennial era, Vidyasagar Setu is one of the best places to witness on a ferry across the Hooghly River. The bridge had its blueprint by Schlaich Bergermann & Partner with construction by a consortium of Braithwaite, Burn and Jessop.


With 121 cables, in a fan-like arrangement, and a deck of composite steel-reinforced concrete with two carriageways, the bridge expanses its breadth over 35 meters. On both sides of the bridge, three concrete lanes each of 1.2 meter width offer a footpath for the peddlers. The Setu is truly an engineering wonder handling more than 85,000 vehicles daily- much more than the daily traffic snarl of today.


Did you know that the bridge is based on a peculiar design theme? Well, the underlying concept is of dead load- the deck is designed reflecting a grid structure, with one group of girders phenomenally stacked at the end and another in the middle. The structural steel used in the construction weighs a massive 13,000-ton. The free –standing portals are balanced by the 128-meter-high pylons.


If you wish to soak in the awe-inspiring delight of this beaming phenomenon, hop on a car or a ferry from the Princep Ghat, and witness its intricacies under the starry sky.  Residents and tourists are fascinated and proud of this cinematic landmark of the capital of West Bengal. It is indeed, an aesthetic charm added to the city’s landscape and architecture, beckoning tourists and wanderers from beyond the horizon. Photo fanatics, and experience buffs- it is your ideal site!

Places to Visit near Vidyasagar Setu, Kolkata

How to Reach Vidyasagar Setu

Vidyasagar Setu is located on the bank of Hooghly River, Munshi Prem Chand Sarani in Kolkata.

You can avail of this place via train, bus or taxi. However, private cabs or taxis are the most convenient and quickest way to get from Kolkata to Vidyasagar Setu.

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