10 Interesting Facts About Howrah Bridge You Probably Did Not Know

Its February and its the birthday month of one of India’s iconic structures, the Howrah Bridge. Built during the World War II, this cantilever bridge has stood the test of time.


Handling a daily traffic of 100,000 vehicles and 150,000 pedestrians it remains the busiest of its kind in the world. Here are 10 lesser known facts about the engineering behemoth that will add to your know-how.

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1. Mysterious link with the World Wars

Howrah Bridge

Photograph by: Arunava Patra

The bridge was meant to be built before 1920 but the idea had to be postponed due to World War I (1914-1918). Construction finally began in 1936 and ended in 1942, which again coincided with the World War II (1939-1945).

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