Hooghly II Bridge 1993

Hooghly II Bridge 1993

© Amartya Dey

The Bridge

The city of Kolkata in West Bengal, India, has grown rapidly to a population of around 15 million for the metropolitan area. In the 1970s a second bridge across the Hooghly River was required to ease traffic congestion between the city and neighbouring Howrah. A cable-stayed bridge was built and opened in 1992. It now carries around 85,000 vehicles a day.

The bridge is officially named the Vidyasagar Setu, after a 19th-century social reformer and educator.

Bill Brown, then at Freeman Fox, was commissioned to check the bridge design of Schlaich Bergermann Partner. The bridge was the first cable-stayed bridge in India and remains the longest span.

Second Hooghly Bridge

Also known as Vidyasagar Setu

Key Facts

Road bridge

Multi-cabled fan arrangement


Kolkata, India

Across the Hooghly River

Consulting Engineers

Schalich Bergmann (designers)

Dr William Brown, Freeman Fox & Partners (checking)

Bharat Bhari Udyog Nigam (checking)


Cable-stayed suspension bridge

Steel-reinforced concrete deck

457m main span

823m total length

Main contractors

BBJ Construction

Gammon India Ltd


Opened 10 October 1992

Other long-span bridges