It is considered to be an engineering marvel,
which took six years to construct in the 1940s. Over 2,590 metric
tonnes of high tensile steel make up this unique cantilever bridge that
joins the main Railway Station (for Calcutta) and the industrial city
of Howrah with the city of Calcutta. Supported by two piers, each nearly
90 meters in height above the road level, the bridge has a span of almost
500 meters (no pillars in the middle). It was opened in 1943 and today
it is one of the busiest bridges in the world. It is the third largest
bridge in the world, has around 2 million people crossing over it daily.
Visible from many places in Calcutta, the bridge is called 'Rabindra Setu'.