Kolkata celebrates 75 years of Howrah Bridge
Coffee Table Book released to commemorate the occasion
Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) and Tata Steel jointly organised a glittering function on the waters of the Hooghly river today to commemorate the 75 Anniversary of the iconic Howrah Bridge. A coffee table book on the engineering marvel and the busiest cantilever bridge in the world was also released on the occasion.
Among those present on the occasion included the Mayor of Kolkata, Shri Sovan Chatterjee, the Mayor of Howrah, Dr Rathin Chakravarty, the Chairman of Kolkata Port Trust, Mr Vinit Kumar, and Mr Chanakya Chaudhary, Group Director, Corporate Communication & Regulatory Affairs, Tata Steel, and others.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Vinit Kumar described the bridge as “an engineering marvel that continues to evoke the same kind of curiosity and awe as it did seventy-five years ago”. He said that, since inception, the bridge was placed in the custody and maintenance of the Port Trust. “The Kolkata Port Trust takes pride in looking after this giant mega-structure”, he added.
In his address, Mr Chanakya Chaudhary reminded the audience that the construction of the bridge consumed 26,500 tons of steel, out of which 23,500 tons of high-tension alloy steel known as Tiscrom, was supplied by Tata Steel. “The celebration today is a tribute to the country’s ability to deliver this fabulous cantilever structure even 75 years ago”, he added.
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