Brief History
Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners (HRBC), a statutory organisation, was constituted by the Govt. of West Bengal under Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners Act 1969 with a view to constructing bridges including approaches across the river Hooghly to cope with the increasing volume of vehicular traffic between the cities of Kolkata and Howrah. The Second Hooghly Bridge renamed as Vidyasagar Setu, an engineering marvel over the river Hooghly constructed by HRBC is one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the country. In October 1992, the bridge was opened to traffic subject to realization of toll tax from the vehicles plying over it at rates fixed by the Government.


Constitution of the Board

The Hooghly River Bridges Act 1968 was enacted on the 20th day of February 1968 under article 356 of the Constitution of India in relation to the State of West Bengal providing for the construction, maintenance and control of bridges across the river Hooghly within the Port of Calcutta. The duty of carrying out the provisions of this Act, subject to such conditions and limitations as the State Govt. may think fit to impose, be vested in a body of commissioners to be called Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners. The body of Commissioners shall consist of a Chairman and such number of other members as the State Govt. may, by not1fication, appoint. The Chairman includes a Vice-Chairman, if any, appointed by the State Govt.


The function of the Commissioners, interalia, shall be design, construction and maintenance of bridges as also [under the Hooghly River Bridge (Amendment) Act, 2013] works of planning, designing, preparation of preliminary and detailed engineering, construction, repair, renovation, supervision, maintenance of buildings, roads, flyovers, bridges, stadium etc. etc. and such other works as the State Government may direct.


The Commissioners may levy with the approval of the State Government tolls on all types of vehicles except the exempted categories specified by the State Government.



Physical performance in 2015-2016
Kolkata Central Bus Terminus (KCBT) at Santragachi, Howrah
Super Speciality Hospitals of Health & Family Welfare Department
New Haj Tower Complex at New Town, Kolkata
New School Building & PITI Buildings
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