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Vivekananda Setu also called Willingdon Bridge and Bally Bridge is a bridge over the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India. It links the city of Howrah, at Bally, to its twin city of Kolkata, at Dakshineswar. Built in December 1932, it is a multispan steel bridge and was built to provide road cum rail link between the Calcutta Port and its hinterland. It is 2,887 feet (880 m) long. The construction of bridge started in year 1926 and was completed in year 1932. done by famous Kutchi-Mistri contractor and Industrialist Rai Bahadur Jagmal Raja Chauhan, It is said that bridge cost over one crore in those years. The famous Dakshineswar Temple is situated on the banks of the Hooghly river near the Bally Bridge.

Vivekananda Setu had become weak as a result of ageing and with heavy traffic even repairs became difficult. There was need for a second bridge. Nivedita Setu was constructed parallel to it and around 50 m downstream. It was opened to traffic in 2007.
The main challenge was to design and construct a new bridge that did not mar the view of the old Vivekananda Setu , did not dwarf the historically important Dakshineswar Kali Temple which is located well within visible distance, and carry substantially higher levels of fast traffic for around half a century.
The bridge rests on deep-well foundations going down to the river bed level. It carries six lanes for high speed traffic. The carriageway is supported by 254 pre-stressed concrete girders. Cables from 14m high pylons extend additional support.
Nivedita Setu is the first bridge in the country that is a single profile cable-stayed bridge. By design, the height of the columns are lower than the tip of the Dakshineswar temple.
This "wonder of an architecture" bridge is estimated to cost approximately Rs. 6,500 million. The construction of the bridge started in April 2004, by the construction giant Larsen and Toubro.
Nivedita Setu has won an Award of Excellence from the American Segmental Bridge Institute, USA.
This shot was taken while returning from my office,Every day I cross this bridge,last Tuesday(8/11/2011) I got down from cab and decided to take some photographs of the bridge and fortunately I was accompanied with my camera,so I didn’t miss the chance,there was some foggy weather,took this shot from the old one as because the new one does not permit walkaways,2wheelers,and 3 wheelers. I tried to capture as much I can,so here it is on your screen….night view of “wonder of an architecture”.


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