The Vidyasagar Setu is named after the great son and scholar of Bengal 'Shri Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar'. The main objective of building the Vidyasagar Setu of Kolkata is to reduce the vehicular pressure on the Howrah bridge or the Rabindra Setu, the 'Gateway of Kolkata'.
Vidyasagar Setu in Kolkata took nearly 22 years to complete the construction work. The total expenditure of building such a magnificent bridge with all the modern technology was nearly Rs 3.88 billion. Vidyasagar Setu in Kolkata is the third largest cable-stayed bridge of the world and is an excellent example of the sophisticated engineering marvel. Construction of the Vidyasagar Setu of Kolkata was started in 1978 and finally was opened to the traffic on 10th October 1992.
Vidyasagar Setu at Kolkata is supported by 121 wire cables. The Vidyasagar Setu at Kolkata is 457 meters long and 115 meters wide. This graceful structure of the Vidyasagar Setu in Kolkata stands on four pylons. The huge foundation is 100 meters deep.
The toll bridge of the Vidyasagar Setu easily connects Kolkata to the Botanical Gardens and the Bengal Engineering College. The Hooghly River Bridge Commission (HRBC) is the commissioning agency of Vidyasagar Setu of Kolkata.
Last Updated on : 22 October 2012