Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners (HRBC) is a statutory body under the administrative control of the Public Works Department, Government of West Bengal that was established in 1969 for the purpose of construction of a new bridge across the river Hooghly when the iconic Howrah Bridge was being found to be inadequate for catering to growing trans-river communication. HRBC accomplished the job and enjoys its laurels to this date as the elegant cable-stayed structure of the 2nd Hooghly Bridge or Vidyasagar Setu as it has been named stands as an engineering marvel on the skyline of Kolkata.

After the achievement of its primary objective with the inauguration of the Vidyasagar Setu in 1992, the organization entered into various infrastructural development works of the Government. It successfully implemented the Calcutta Transport Infrastructure Development Project under JBIC loan assistance with the objective to improve traffic speed by easing congestions at critical junctions and corridors of Kolkata by building four flyovers viz. the Gariahat Flyover, AJC Bose Road Flyover, Park Street Flyover and Cossipore & Lockgate Flyover as well as carrying out at-grade improvement work of important intersections like Esplanade and Tram Track improvement work by renewing rail and concreting pavement in important stretches of the city. Subsequently HRBC built the Nagerbazar Flyover, Kidderpore Bridge & Flyover and the Off-ramp from AJC Bose Road Flyover at Beckbagan, the Mridangabhanga Bridge at South 24-Parganas and carried out the Tram Track improvement work in various other locations all over Kolkata. It also constructed some very important buildings e.g., the Garment Park building which was later converted to the State Secretariat Nabanna, The Aliah University Campus and Haz Tower at New Town, Rajarhat, and Superspeciality Hospitals in different districts.

With the repute of all such prestigious projects under its belt, HRBC continues to successfully implement diverse construction works entrusted to it by various departments of the Government with strict adherence to quality and time of completion.


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