Uttar Dinajpur District of West Bengal at a Glance

About Uttar Dinajpur District :

The District of Uttar Dinajpur came into existance on 1st April,1992 after the bifurcation of erstwhile West Dinajpur District. The District lies between latitude 25o11′ N to 26o49′ N and longitude 87o49′ E to 90o00′ E occupying an area of 3142 Sq. Km enclosed by Bangladesh on the East, Bihar on the West, Darjeeling & Jalpaiguri District on the North and Malda District on the South. Uttar Dinajpur is well connected with the rest of the State through National Highways, State Highways and Railways. The regional topography is generally flat with a gentle southerly slope towards which the main rivers like Kulik, Nagar,Mahananda etc flow.In the District there are 2 Sub-Divisions Raiganj & Islampur, 4 Municipalities, 9 Blocks and 98 Panchayats covering 1494 villages.The Distict forms a part of the basin lying between Rajmahal hills on the East.The older alluvium is estimated to be Pleistocene age.Uttar Dinajpur is bestowed with a very fertile soil.The soil is very rich in nature due to the alluvial deposition which helps to grow Paddy, Jute, Mesta and Sugarcane etc. Raiganj on the bank of the River Kulik is the District Headquarter where “Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary”, the second largest bird sanctuary in Asia situated

At a Glance :

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Area in Sq Km (Census 2011)
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Constituencies (ECI)
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Tourist Places :

Raiganj Bird Sanctuary :

Situated in the district and along the National Highway and by the side of the Kulik river is the Raiganj Bird Sanctuary with an area of 35 acre and buffer area of 286.23 acre. The forest, water bodies and the river attract the migratory birds like Open Bill Strok, Night heron, cormorant, little cormorant & Egrets from South Asian countries and coastal regions

Other Tourist Spots in Uttar Dinajpur :

 #Sap nikla forest under Chopra block is 22 km from Islampur and tourists visit the lake and the forest for site seeing. Development of an Eco park is underway.
#   Eco Tourism at Bijolia More is being developed. Here river Sudhani forms an island by dividing into 2 branches and joining again.
#   Temple of Goddess Bhairabi at Bindole. Temple of Goddess Bhairabi at Bindole
#   Mosque of Burhana fakirs. Mosque of Burhana fakirs
#   Temple of Goddess Kali of Baira.
#   Kunore-famous for terracotta pottery & Malgaon.
#   Museum at Karnajora.
#   Park at Karnajora.
#   Banabithi Resort at Barui, Barduari.
#   Farm-House at Samaspur, Hemtabad

Jalpaiguri District of West Bengal at a Glance

About Jalpaiguri District :

The district situated in the northern part of West Bengal has international borders with Bhutan and Bagladesh in the North and South respectively and borders with Assam and Darjeeling hills in the East, West and Northwest. The entire topography is crisscrossed with rivulets, rivers and hills. The district is primarily rural with more than 80% of rural population. The district is the gateway to the entire North-Eastern States and Bhutan. Having high percentage of migrated population different cultural groups (Ranjbanshi, Ravas, Totos, Metch, Santhals, Madasia and Oraons) have created a unique cultural harmony which is rarely seen in other districts of West Bengal. The total Area of the district is 3386.18 Sq.Km. The district is divided into 2 Subdivisions 7 Blocks and 1886 Villages. The places of tourist interests in the districts are Garumara National Park, Lataguri, Chapramari, Chalsa, Jaldapara, Hollong, Madarihat, Murti, Khuttimari, Alipurduar, Buxa National Park, Toto para, Bhutan Ghat, Rajabhatkhawa, Jayanti, Bodaganj, Ambari, Kathambari, Kranti and Odlabari.

At a Glance :

Geographical area(sq. kms) 3386.18
(a) Annual rainfall 2548.8 mm (Up to August’2014)
(b) Temperature 37.9⁰ cel (max) 7.8⁰ cel (min)
(c) Geographical Location26⁰15′47″ & 26⁰59′34″ N Latitude
88⁰23′2″ & 89⁰7′30″ E Longitude
District Head QuarterJalpaiguri
Sub-Division2
Blocks7
Panchayat Samities7
Gram Panchayat80
Municipal Corporation01 ( 14 words of Siliguri Municipal corporation
fall Within Jalpaiguri District.
Municipality3
Mouza’s418
Gram Sansads1177
Police Station9
Inhabited villages404
Forest villages29
(a) Male1217532
(b) Female1164064
(c) Total2381596 (as per Census 2011)
(d) Population Density /sq.km701
(e) Sex Ratio956.085
(a) Cultivators113290
(b) Small and Marginal farmers121680(Marginal), 27482 (Small)
(c) Agriculture Labourers141257
(d) Artisans59000
(e) House Hold cottage industries37500
(f) Allied Agro Activities9800
(g) Non workers987306
(a) Net cropped area198256
(b) Percentage of irrigated to cultivated area40 %
(c) Forest64393
(d) Fallow land11286
(e) Land not available for Cultivation65696
(f) Cropping intensity186 %
(g) Area brought under HYV seeds60 %

 

Size of HoldingNo.%Area (ha)%
(a) Less than 1 ha19781273.0510928931.89
(b) Between 1 & 2 ha4957318.318001123.35
(c) Above brought 2 ha2338408.6415338044.76
Total270769100342680100

 

(a) Net Irrigated area79593
(b) By Canals43320
(c) By Wells573
(d) By other sources35700
Agriculture Support Facilities
(a) Seed Depots35
(b) Fertilizer Depots778
(c) Pesticides403
(d) Rural Market165
(e) Rural Godown / ware Houses11
(f) Cold Storage26
Animal Husbandry
(a) Cattle524734
(b) Buffaloes6541
(c) Goat ,Sheep and Pig372407
(d) Poultry1068972
Industry (Registered C & SSI )4380 (including APD)
Employment
(a) C & SSI24638 (including APD)
(b) State Govt. Officer11581
(c) Registered working Factories19116
Unemployed on Live Register
Co-operative Society
(a) All Societies605
(b) Total Members141837
(c) Working Capital54.39 Corer
Communication
Post officeHQ-2, SO-57,BO-242

 

(a) Length of Roads Maintained by PWD486.4 Km.
(b) Roads Maintained by Zilla Parishad1297 Km.
(c) Roads Maintained by Municipalities350.7 Km.
No. of Reg. Motor77749

 

Key Banking StatisticsParticularsTotal
No. of Banks25
No. of Branches
Rural63
Semi Urban50
Urban33
Total146
Average Population / Branch23119

 

Education
(a)  Literacy  %74
(b)PrimaryHS+Sec+U.P.
No. of Schools1196324
Pupil Teacher Ratio27.3847.72
Net Enrollment Ratio99.5898.52
Drop out Rate
(c) Higher Secondery School(HS+Sec.)175
(d) Upper Primary(New Setup)149
(e) SSK593
(f) MSK65
(g) High Madrasah2
(h) Senior Madrasah3
(i) General Degree College11
(j) Engineering College1
(k) Law College1
(l) B.Ed College1
(m)Centre of open University3
(n) Madrasah Siksha Kendra8
(o) Senior Madrasah Siksha Kendra1
(p) Child Labour School8

 

Health
(a) District Hospital1
(b) Sub-Divisoinal Hospital1
(c) State General Hospital0
(d) Rural Hospital3
(e) Block Primary Health Centre4
(f) Primary Health Centre26
(g) Sub Centre301
(h) Other General Hospital0
(i) Family Welfare Centre1 (At Jalpaiguri Municipality)
(j) Beds per Lakhs of Population44
(k)No. of Doctors83
(l)Infant Minority Rate23.57 (2013-2014) Based on area repoting of infant death from
7 blocks and life birth of 7 blocks and District Hospital and Mal SDH
(m) Life Expectancy59(M), 61(F)
(n) Blood Bank1

Tourist Places :

Gorumara

Location : Located in the flood plains of Murti and Jaldhaka river of the dooars region in Jalpaiguri.
Approach & Access : It is 15 km from Lataguri, 10 km from Chalsa and 52 km from Jalpaiguri. It is recommended to hire vehicles from Chalsa or Lataguri to enter the National Park.
Accommodation : Accommodation is available at Gorumara Forest Rest House (Contact- DFO, Wildlife Divn.-II, Aranyabhavan, Jalpaiguri. Ph : 03561-224907) and private resorts in Lataguri and Chalsa
Prime Attraction : The scenic landscapes, magnificent forests, tall elephant grasses and rippling streams are added to the nature of this park. The main attractions are Rhinoceros, Elephant, Gaur, Leopard, Hornbill etc.
*Gorumara N.P. is closed during rainy season from 16th. June to 15th. Sept.

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Chapramari

Location : This wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the foothills of Eastern Himalayas in the district of Jalpaiguri.
Approach & Access : Can be approached by road from Siliguri or Jalpaiguri. Its 70 km from Jalpaiguri. This sanctuary is arround 20 kms away from Gorumara.
Accommodation : Accommodation is available at Chapramari rest house (Contact- DFO, Wildlife Divn.-II, Aranyabhavan, Jalpaiguri. Ph : 03561-224907) and accommodation used to visit Gorumara may also be used to visit Chapramari.
Prime Attraction : It provides a breathtaking view of forests against the backdrop of the Kanchanjungha and other Himalayan peaks. It is the home to diverse avifauna and mammals like Elephant, Gaur, Leopard etc.
* Chapramari W.L.S. is closed during rainy season from 16th. June to 15th. Sept.

Chalsa

Location :Located at a distance of 57 kms from Jalpaiguri and 7 kms from Malbazar
.
Approach & access : One can hire vehicle from Jalpaiguri taxi stand or can avail bus from Santipara bus stand. On its way to Chalsa the motorable road passes through a deep forest and tea gardens of duars which is really a enjoyable journey.

Accommodation : There are two bungalows with four double bedded rooms at the hill top of Chalsa, run by PWD. For booking of accommodation one can contact Ex. Engineer, PWD, Nagrakata construction division, Malbazar, Ph:03562-255129.
Prime attraction : From the balcony of a room one can enjoy the scenic beauty of hills and tea gardens. The Kurti river flows down the small hillock and tea gardens.

Jaldapara

Location : Located in the flood plains of river Torsa in Jalpaiguri District.
Approach & Access : The main entry point is from Madarihat Town, situated adjacent to N.H.-31 in between Hasimara and Birpara. The nearest railway station, Falakata is 22 kms from Madarihat.
Accommodation : Accommodation is Available at Hollong Tourist Lodge (Contact : W.B.T.D.C, Hill Cart Rd. Siliguri. Ph. – 0353-2511974,2511979 or W.B.T.D.C., 6A, Raja S. C. Mallick Sq., 2nd. Floor, Calcutta-13 . Ph. 033-22370060,61 ) and Madarihat Tourist Lodge.
Prime Attraction : Largest population of Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros in West Bengal is found at Jaldapara. It also provides excellent habitat for the Royal Bengal Tiger and other animals like Gaur, Leopard, Sambar, Chital, Hog Deer, Barking deer etc.
* Jaldapara W.L.S.. is closed during rainy season from 16th. June to 15th. Sept.

Murti

Location, Approach & Access : A place besides river Murti, around 8 km away from Chalsa and 60 km away from Jalpaiguri is famous for its scenic beauty. This place is located in between Gorumara and Chapramari.
Accommodation : 2 double bedded A.C. rooms, 2 double bedded non A.C. rooms and 2 non A.C. rooms with 4 bunks in each is available in the Murti bungalow. The rent of each A.C. room is Rs. 1000/- , rent of each non A.C. room is Rs. 650/-, rent of each bunk is 100/- and rent of a room with 4 bunks is Rs. 350/-. (Contact : W.B.T.D.C, Hill Cart Rd. Siliguri. Ph. – 0353-2511974,2511979 or W.B.T.D.C., 6A, Raja S. C. Mallick Sq., 2nd. Floor, Calcutta-13 . Ph. 033-22370060,61)
Prime Attraction : Excellent scenic beaury is the main attraction of this site. Both Gorumara National Park and Chapramari Wild Life Sanctuary are very close to this place. One can get day visit pass from Lataguri Interpretation Centre to enter the National Park and Sanctuary.

Jalpesh

Location, Approach & Access
 : This place is around 25 km away from Jalpaiguri town and 8 km from Mainaguri. Taxi is available from Jalpaiguri and Mainaguri to reach this place. One can also hire van rickshaw from Mainaguri to reach this place.
Prime Attraction : The temple of presiding deity (Shiva) established in the year 1665 by the cooch king Prannarayan is the main point of attraction of this place.

Khuttimari

Location, Approach & Access : This place is 70 km away from Jalpaiguri town. A road through the forest from Gairkata will reach you at the forest bungalow of Khuttimari.
Accommodation : Two rooms are available at the forest bungalow of Khuttimari. ( Contact – DFO, Jalpaiguri Division, Arannya Bhavan, Jalpaiguri. Ph : 03561-232016)
Prime Attraction : Scenic beauty and sighting of wild life is the main attraction of this place.

Buxa Tiger Reserve & Buxa Duar

Location, Approach & Access : Touching one state boundary and one international boundary lays the ‘Buxa Tiger Reserve’ in the eastern dooars of West Bengal. This tiger reserve is located near Alipurduar sub-divisional town of Jalpaiguri, wellconnected by train and road. “Buxa Duar” can be approached on foot from Santalbari.
Accommodation : Accommodation is available at forest rest house of Buxa Tiger Reserve (Contact – Field Director, BTR , Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri. Ph. – 03564-256005) and in a 16 beds dormitory at an altitude of 2600 ft, run by local Eco Development Committee for Buxa Duar.
Prime Attraction : The main Attractions of BTR is tiger, Leopard (Black Panther also), Elephant, Clouded Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Gaur, Pangolin, and Python. Buxa Duar is famous for its prison fort.

Rajabhatkhawa

Location, Approach & Access : Rajabhatkhawa is 15 km away from Alipurduar town and located in between Alipurduar and Jayanti. This place is connected both by road and train from Alipurduar and Siliguri
Accommodation : Accommodation is available in both Leohouse (3 rooms with total 6 beds) and Tigerlodge (2 rooms with total 4 beds ) at Rajabhatkhawa. One will have to contact Dy. Field Director, Buxa Tiger Reserve (West), Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri. Ph. – 03564-255129.
Prime Attraction : A large variety of important flora and fauna exists in this area. Nature Interpretation Centre and Tiger Rescue Centre are points of interest of this place.

Jayanti

Location, Approach & Access : This forest village is arround 30 km away from Alipurduar subdivisional town of Jalpaiguri District and connected by road. One can also move here from Rajabhatkhawa.
Accommodation : Accommodation is available in a beautiful bunglow by the side of river Jayanti. 3 double beded rooms and a dormitory with 6 beds are available here. (contact – Ex. Engineer, PHE, Club Road, Jalpaiguri. Ph : 03561-230659)
Prime Attraction : Jayanti is famous for its rich variety of wild life and exotic scenic beauty. A stalakite cave popularly known as ‘Jayanti Mahakal’ and ‘Pookri Pahar’ are well known destinations from Jayanti.

Bodaganj, Ambari, Kathambari, Odlabari

Location, Approach & Access
 : All these places are at a distance of 25 km to 90 km from Jalpaiguri town. Bodaganj is 25 km away from Jalpaiguri in Shikarpur forest. Nearest station of Ambari is Ambari-Falakata in NJP – Haldibari route. Ambari is also accessable by road from Siliguri and Jalpaiguri. Kathambari is around 50 km away from Jalpaiguri and is approachable by road. Odlabari is 90 km away from Jalpaiguri by road.
Accommodation : Two roomed forest bungalow is available in all these four places. (Contact – Div. Forest Officer, Baikunthapur Divn., Hospital More, Siliguri. Ph. 0353-2436436 ) .
Prime Attraction : Scenic beauty of Forest and tea gardens, somewhere with a backdrop of hills is the main attraction of these locations. Tista barrage is very close from Ambari.

Totopara

Location, Approach & Access : Totopara is a small locality in the northwest corner of Madarihat block in Alipurduar sub-division of Jalpaiguri district. Totopara is 22 km away from Madarihat town. This place is approachable by bus from Jalpaiguri and Siliguri via Madarihat.
Accommodation : Any person interested to stay at Totopara may contact with District Welfare Officer, Backward Classes Welfare, Jalpaiguri. Ph. 03561-230917
Prime Attraction : This place is inhabited by toto tribal community, one of the three recognised primitive tribes in West Bengal.

Nilpara, Chilabata, Kodalbosti

Location, Approach & Access : All these forest and teagarden areas can be approached from the Alipurduar town. Nilpara is 27 km away, Chilabata is 20 km and Kodalbasti is 22 km away from Alipurduar. Tourists will have to hire their own vehicle from Alipurduar to reach these places.
Accommodation : Two roomed resthouse at Nilpara (rent Rs. 150/- for each room), two roomed resthouse at Chilabata (rent Rs. 150/- for each room), and one room (rent Rs. 100/-) in the resthouse of Kodalbasi is available from Div. Forest Officer, Coochbehar Divn., P.O. + Dist. – Coochbehar, Pin – 736101. Ph.- 03582-222485, 222919.
Prime Attraction : Scenic beauty is the main attraction of these places.

Raimatang, Nimati

Location, Approach & Access : At a distance of 45 km from Alipurduar, surrounded by rivers and hills, Raimatang is a nice place to enjoy the beauty of nature. One can reach Kalchini by bus and from there can hire personal vehicle to reach this place. Nimati is 17 km away from Alipurduar. Bus service is available for this location from Alipurduar.
Accommodation : Two roomed forest resthouse is available at both the places. ( rent Rs.150/- for each room). Booking of rooms is done by Dy. Field Director, Boxa Tiger Reserve (West), Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri. Ph. 03564-255129.
Prime Attraction : Scenic beauty is the point of attraction of these places

 

 

Howrah District of West Bengal at a Glance

About Howrah District :

Howrah is a relatively small district in West Bengal with an area of 1467 sq km. Howrah district lies between 22°48′ N and 22°12′ N latitudes and between 88°23′ E and 87°50′ E longitudes. The district is bounded by Hooghly River and districts of North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas on the east, on the north by the Hooghly district (Arambagh and Shrirampur sub-divisions) and on the south by Midnapore East district. The district consists of one Municipal Corporation, two Municipalities and 14 Blocks. Howrah Municipal Corporation is the second largest Urban Local Body in the State. The district of Howrah has been a traditional hub of industrial infrastructure and skilled manpower in the small scale and tiny industrial sector and has played a pivotal role in the State’s economy due to which it was known as “Sheffield of the East”. Traditionally, Howrah had been a strong manufacturing base, particularly in the engineering and foundry sectors, and has over the years developed a number of clusters in the areas of lock making, shuttle cock, zari, jewellery etc. Prior to synthetic polo balls coming into the game, Howrah was known for its production of polo balls.

At a Glance :

Description
Unit
Particulars
Administrative set UP :
District Head Quarter:
Howrah
Sub-division
Number
2
Police Station
25+1(1 addl women PS)
Mouza
836
Municipal Corporation
1
Municipality
1
Block
14
Panchayat Samity
14
Gram Panchayat
157
Gram Sansad
2430
Area and Population:
Area
Sq.K.M.
1,467
Population
Number
48,50,029
Density of population
per sq. k.m
3,306
Percentage of population:
Male
Percent
51.56
Female
48.44
Rural
36.62
Urban
63.38
Climate:
Annual rainfall
mm.
1350 (approx)
Teparature Maximum
Degree Celsius
35
Teparature Minimum
8
Workers :
Total workers
Percent
37.52
Non-workers
62.48
Educational Institutions :
Primary
Number
2761
Middle
116
High
194
Higher Secondary
350
General College
17
University(Gen. & Tech.)
1
Literates: Male
Percent
77.69
Female
70.76
Total
74.33

 Tourist Places :

The Howrah Station :

It is the gateway of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal to the rest of the country. Developed towards the early part of the twentieth century, it has become one of the most important transitpoints for passengers and goods movement in the country. The present station building will be completing its glorious 100 years in 2006.

Howrah is the terminus of the first Indian Railway system namely East Indian Railsays. A survey for the East Indian Railway was taken up in 1845 and construction began in 1851. The section of the Railways, a Broad guage railway 5’6’’ was opened in 1854 from Howrah to Hooghly. In 1855 the line was extended up to Ranigunj and in 1862 up to Benares. After construction of the first Howrah Bridge in 1874, the Howrah Station was remodeled and improved. The other great line, the Bengal Nagpur Railway also a Broad gauge Railway, was extended to Howrah in 1900, thus connecting it with Nagpur and Bombay on the west Cuttak, Puri and Madras on the South. After this the station was further remodeled and became a joint station for E.I. Rly. and B.N. Rly. The old station was made over to the B.N. Rly. The E.I. Rly and B.N. Rly were subsequently renamed as Eastern Railway and South Eastern Railway respectively. Howrah station has now become a large imposing building facing the river with clock Tower and twenty long platforms for the passenger trains and three for the goods trains.

The Howrah Bridge or the Rabindra Setu :

The old Howrah Bridge, a floating pontoon Bridge, was opened in October 1874 and made over to Port Commissioners who managed and maintained it. Designed by the late Sir Bradford Leslie, it had a total length of 1528 feet between centers of abutments and provided a 48 feet roadway and two 7 feet footways. The most novel feature was the removal section which when floated out gage a 200 feet clear openings, with a head room of 22 feet, were also provided for smaller crafts. The adjusting ways or shore spans, one at each end of the bridge, consisted of three 160 feet long bow sting girders.

The traffic between commercial Kolkata and industrial Howrah having enormously increased during the first quarter of the 20th Century, the old b ridge was quite insufficient and it was decided to build a new one. The shifting mode of the river Hooghly was dangerous for either a cantilever or a suspension Bridge and hence a Bridge was designed as a sort of combination of the both. It was however known as and a reputed cantilever Bridge and is the third largest bridge of its kind in the World having a over-all length if 2150 feet with a single span of 1500 feet. The new Howrah Bridge was designed by M/s. Rendell, Palmer and Tritton, consulting Engineers. It took 8 years to complete the bridge and 26,000 tons of steel including 18,200 tons of high tensile quality were used. The total cost of construction of the land and all ancillary works, amounted Rs. 3.33 crores.

It is interesting to note that the Bridge expands about 4.8 inches during the heat of the day and contracts equal length in the cool of the night. Another peculiarity of the Bridge is that the Bridge bends over slightly in strong winds. The framework has also been built to withstand earth-quakes, as Calcutta lies in a Seismic zone.

The height of the Bridge at the supporting towers on the both ends in 300 feet. Each tower has a constant width of 11 feet and a tapering from 8’6’’ to4’6’’ at the top. The entire structure is laid on main piers of re-enforced concrete monoliths with steel ceiling edges. Each pier is 181’6” long by 81’6” wide and is amongst the largest in the world. The monoliths and grinders on Calcutta side are 103 feet deep and on the Howrah side it is 88 feet deep. These monoliths are the heaviest in the world.

The Great Banyan Tree

Belur Math & Temple :

Belur Math is situated just outside the boundary of Howrah Municipal Corporation on the north and stand on the West Bank of the river Hooghly. It was founded in 1897 by Swami Vivekananda, the great servant of India, and other disciples of Sri Sri Ramkrishna Paramhansa, who is regarded by the Hindus as an incarnation of God and occupies a place of great honour amongst the religious leaders of the world. A magnificent temple has been build at a great cost by the unique munificence of two pious American ladies, Miss Helen Rubel and Mrs. Auna Worcester. The breadth of the shrine is 100 ft and its length, including the prayer hall, is 233 ft. On a marble pedestal in the shrine is a marble statue of Sri Ramkrishna in his familiar asana. The prayer hall is 152 ft. long, 72 ft. wide and 48 ft. high.

The math is the head quarter of the Ramkrishna Mission, a society established for the propagation of the orthodox Hindu faith chastened with modern outlook. There is also a large Museum inside the Math on the lives of Sri Ramkrishna and his close disciples. The temple and the math is visited by countless people, most of whom are religiously inclined, to celebrate the birthday anniversary of Sri Ramkrishna (18th February 1836) in February when a fair is held there. The place also attracts large number of visitors from Kolkata and abroad every day, especially on Sundays and holidays.

Second Hooghly Bridge or Vidyasagar Setu :

Vidyasagar Setu – otherwise known as the second Hooghly Bridge opened to the traffic in 1992 is the finest product of modern architecture and technology. It is intricately connected with cities of Kolkata and Howrah by a series of over bridges and situated at a distance of 1.5 k.m. southwards of Ravindra Setu. It is erected on only four pillars and hung on 121 number of iron ropes. The bridge is 458 meters long and 115 meters wide. One can have a glimpse of a large part of Kolkata standing at the middle of the Bridge. The beauty of the bridge and its background is largely utilized by the Film Industry for shooting purposes.