Friday, 10 May 2013

Bally Bridge Kolkata India




About Bally Bridge                    

Bally Bridge which is popularly called Vivekananda Setu or the Willingdon Bridge, serves both rail and road. Located at a distance of 10 km from Kolkata, Bally Bridge stands across the Hooghly River and is known as the 2nd Hooghly Bridge.

Bally Bridge connects Kolkata’s Sealdah Station to Delhi via the railways and Barrackpore Trunk Road on the side of Kolkata to Grand Trunk Road on the side of Howrah. Thus, it is an important link to the National Highways NH –2 that connects to Delhi and NH – 6 that connects to Mumbai. Entrepreneur Rai Bahadur Jagmal Raja Chauhan and contractor Kutchi Mistri constructed the Bally Bridge, which was completed in 1932. Every girder on the Bridge has the nameplate of its builder.

The length of this Bridge is 880 m, which were constructed to create a rail cum road link from Calcutta to near and far areas. The closest railhead from this location is the Dakshineshwar Railway Station and from here tourists can visit the Temple of Dakshineshwar along with 12 other Shiva temples.