Because we just have a little more Swag, our ‘hatkay’ bridges will leave you eye popping, jaw droppingly amazed. Yes, we have the 6th largest cantilever bridge – Howrah Bridge, which is a major landmark of our pride in our City of Joy. But that is not our only eye catcher among bridges. We have movable bridges as well. Some that split open from the middle and others that revolve 180 degrees only to let a ship pass and then return to its original form.
Curious enough? Read on:
Road Swing Bridge
A swing bridge is a movable bridge that has as its primary structural support a vertical locating pin and support ring, usually at or near to its center of gravity, about which the turning span can then pivot horizontally. In its closed position, a swing bridge carrying a road or railway over a river or canal, allows traffic to cross. When a water vessel needs to pass the bridge, road traffic is stopped and then motors rotate the bridge horizontally about its pivot point. The typical swing bridge will rotate approximately 90 degrees.
The Swing Bridge in Kolkata is a heritage structure from the British period which has withstood over a century of turning.
Lifting Bridge (Bascule bridge)
A bascule bridge (sometimes referred to as a drawbridge) is a moveable bridge with a counterweight that continuously balances a span, or “leaf”, throughout its upward swing to provide clearance for boat traffic.
We have our own version of the famous Tower Bridge in London present in Khidderpore.
We have quite a lot of things to brag about eh!