Iconic Howrah Bridge heads for a health check-up after two decades

Custodian of the bridge is already in talks with an incubation centre at IIT Madras; last major health audit by RITES for British-era bridge spanned from mid-1980s till early 1990s

Ishita Ayan Dutt Kolkata
Howrah bridge during nationwide strike called by trade unions on Wednesday, 2 September 2015 Picture by PTI

The Howrah Bridge, the sixth-longest (third-longest at the time of launch) cantilever bridge opened to the public on the night of February 3, 1943

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The iconic Howrah Bridge is due for a comprehensive health checkup after close to two decades.
The custodian of the bridge, Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata (SMPK, formerly Kolkata Port Trust), is already engaged in discussions with National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways & Coasts – an incubation centre at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) that works as the technology arm of the Ministry of Shipping. Once the scope of work is defined, a call may be taken on roping in external experts if required.
The last major health audit by RITES for the British-era bridge spanned from the middle of 1980s and till early 1990s. Based on the recommendations the work was executed by an executive agency which completed it in 2005.  

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First Published: May 24 2023 | 8:33 PM IST

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