By Ranjeet Jadhav www.mid-day.com
It was renamed Rabindra Setu way back in 1965. But most Kolkatans have always referred to the 705-metre-long cantilever structure over the Hooghly as Howrah Bridge.
Now, it’s coming to Mumbai. Or rather, a 183-metre steel bridge – modelled on the iconic structure – is being constructed over the railway track in Andheri as part of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) Metro rail corridor.
Speaking to MiD DAY, a Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) official, requesting anonymity said, “Great progress is being witnessed as far as the 11.4-km VAG Metro corridor is concerned. The railways have accorded all permissions and also the much-needed mega blocks for the construction of the steel bridge that will take the metro from the western to the eastern side.
Two of the four critical pillars, which will shoulder the bridge, are fully ready and the remaining two are at advanced stages of construction. The structure that will pass over the railway tracks will be a look-alike of the famous Howrah Bridge.” More info