Rare pictures of Old Calcutta -Part-1

A British Fighter at Red Road ,Kolkata
A British Spitfire plane at Red Road , Kolkata during World War -II .For a temporary period , this important road of Kolkata was used as an Airstrip.Photo courtesy Team bhp.



Bus Standing near Howrah Station circa 1945.
Buses Standing near Howrah Station circa 1945. Photo courtesy teambhp.com Rare pictures of old Calcutta
Chowringhee Tram terminus
Chowringhee Tram terminus during British Era.The photo was taken from the rooftop of The Statesman Building. You can notice the famous Tipu Sultan Mosque on the left-hand corner.Photo courtesy Getty Images.
Chowringhee Tram Terminus of Old Calcutta
Chowringhee Tram Terminus of Old Calcutta which is still operational until today. The photo was taken sometime during the early 50s. Getty Images Rare pictures of old Calcutta

A Busy Esplanade Streets during the 50

A Busy Esplanade Streets during the 50s. Tram used to play a pivotal role in the transport system of Kolkata those days. Getty images                                     PART 2 COMING SOON

Kolkata, the City of Joy has been enchanting me, since childhood, of her glorified past and also the time at present.This blog is made with the intention to give you a brief and photographic detail of the famous spots of Kolkata with a pinch of little-known history behind it.

Howrah Bridge “The Icon of Kolkata” standing tall for more than 8 decades

The Howrah Bridge

The Howrah Bridge is located between the twin cities of Howrah and Kolkata in West Bengal, India. The 705m long and 30m wide bridge was built in 1943 over the Hooghly River. It was rechristened as Rabindra Setu in June 1965, after the first Indian Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The bridge is commonly called Howrah Bridge.

The Howrah Bridge was commissioned in February 1943. The final cost of the bridge was estimated at INR25m. The bridge carries a daily traffic of around 80,000 vehicles and over 1m pedestrians. Howrah Bridge is the sixth longest cantilever bridge in the world.

The Bridge is a suspension type balanced cantilever bridge. It has a central span of 1500ft between the main towers. The anchor and cantilever arms are 325ft and 468ft long respectively.

The suspended span has a length of 564ft. Main towers are 280ft high above the monoliths and 76ft apart at the top. The bridge deck measures 71ft in width and features two footpaths of 15ft on either side.

 

Kolkata, the City of Joy has been enchanting me, since childhood, of her glorified past and also the time at present.This blog is made with the intention to give you a brief and photographic detail of the famous spots of Kolkata with a pinch of little-known history behind it.