Architecture Competition for Howrah Bridge. The Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, formerly known as the Kolkata Port Trust, has a rich history reaching back more than 150 years. Located 203 kilometers (126 miles) inland, it holds the distinction of being India’s oldest operational port and is one of the 13 major ports. Serving as a gateway to the East, its responsibility also includes the iconic Howrah Bridge. Before Rabindra Setu (as it is known today in honor of Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore) was christened on June 14, 1965, it was the world’s third-longest cantilever bridge. Today, it ranks as the sixth-longest of its kind. The bridge is an architectural marvel of engineering prowess and marks an indelible legacy of the immense progress of the Kolkata Port.


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