Friday, 10 May 2013

Vidyasagar Setu Kolkata, India

About Vidyasagar Setu                    

Initially, the Howrah Bridge was built to facilitate traffic and connect Kolkata with Howrah. The Vidyasagar Setu, also known as second Hooghly Bridge, was built to make a second link to Howrah and to ease the burden of the Howrah Bridge. National Highways connecting Kolkata to cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai are situated close to the bridge.

Vidyasagar Setu is the largest cable stayed bridge in whole of Asia and the third largest cable stayed bridge of the world. The bridge has a unique structure and is supported by 121 wire cables, with a span of 457 m. The foundation of the bridge is 100 m deep and it stands on four pylons. Besides offering a beautiful glimpse of the city of Kolkata, it is capable of handling 85000 vehicles a day. Tourists can enjoy the sunrise and sunset from the bridge and can visit the Botanical Gardens situated nearby.