The foundations for modern bridge building in India
was laid with the 'First Iron Bridge over the river
Gomti in Lucknow. Built somewhere between 1815 -1840, the bridge popularly known as "Loha-Ka-Pul"
excelled in artistic value. To come later was the famous
Howrah Bridge in Calcutta over the river Hooghly built
between 1935-1941 by BBJ Construction Co. Ltd.
BBJ - Bridge Builders
to the Nation
The early story of BBJ
started around the mid-thirties. The ever
increasing traffic movement between the twin
cities of Calcutta & Howrah demanded a wider
and stronger bridge in replacement of the then
existing pontoon bridge. The authorities
accordingly decided on building a cantilever
bridge across the river Hooghly. The job
undoubtedly called for greater expertise. So the
three engineering giants - Braithwaite,
Burn & Jessop - came together
with their vast experiences and floated a new
company. Thus on 26th January 1935 was born BBJ,
The Braithwaite Burn
& Jessop Construction Company Limited.
The onward march began in 1941 with the marvel
that is Howrah Bridge, later, named Rabindra
Setu. Its recent achievement is the second
Hooghly Bridge or Vidyasagar Setu. In between
BBJ has, in its record, a number of engineering
landmarks spread across the globe.
was synonymous with the overall growth of
independent India. BBJ's
towering achievements are amply evident in
India's major Rail Bridges linking East with
West and North with South.
The Ganga Bridge at Mokameh, Yamuna Bridge at
Delhi, Godavari Bridge at Rajamundry, Krishna
Bridge at Vijawada, Brahmaputra Bridge at Pandu
are some of the very well known achievements of
Nationalised in 1987, BBJ
today is a subsidiary of multiple resource
organisation Govt. of India Undertaking BBUNL.
engineering might and prowess is also evident in
installation of major steel plants, thermal
power stations, oil refineries, fertilizer
has also undertaken restoration of damaged
bridges, creation of fabricated industrial
structures and civil construction of major
commercial and administrative buildings.