Monday, August 21, 2006

Calcutta 5

Apart from the Rabindra Setu, Calcutta also has a second magnificent bridge across the river Hooghly. This is the Vidyasagar Setu, named after another great son of Bengal, Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar (1820-1891), a Sanskrit scholar, educator, social reformer, writer and philanthropist.

Commonly known as the second Hooghly bridge, this was commissioned in 1992. This is much higher than the Howrah bridge, and is situated near the turn of the river. The mid-point of the bridge affords a spectacular 360 degree view of Calcutta and Howrah.

The Howrah end of this bridge links to the Grand Trunk Road and other national and state highways.

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