The early story of BBJ started around the mid-thirties. The ever increasing traffic movement between the twin cities of Calcutta (now Kolkata) & 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.
BBJ incorporated under the Co's Act, 1956, become a subsidiary of Bharat Bhari Udyog Nigam Limited (BBUNL) during September, 1987 through transfer of its entire shareholding in the name of the President of India, through BBUNL. By order of the Govt. of India, The Braithwaite Burn and Jessop Construction Company Limited (A Govt. of India Undertaking) stands amalgamated with Bharat Bhari Udyog Nigam Limited (A Govt. of India Enterprise) w.e.f. 10th July, 2015. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India by certificate dated 18th November, 2015 issued by the office of the Registrar of Companies, Kolkata, West Bengal, has changed the name of the company Bharat Bhari Udyog Nigam Limited to "The Braithwaite Burn and Jessop Construction Company Limited" with effect from 18th November, 2015 pursuant to rule 29 of the Company Incorporation rule - 2014.
BBJ's growth 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 this company.
BBJ's engineering might and prowess is also evident in installation of major steel plants, thermal power stations, oil refineries, fertilizer projects. BBJ has also undertaken restoration of damaged bridges, creation of fabricated industrial structures and civil construction of major commercial and administrative buildings.
From a tiny acorn, BBJ has grown into a giant oak with an annual turnover of INR. 148.71 Crores during the year 2015-2016, serving both Private and Public Sectors, Indian and Overseas.
Utilizing the most modern construction equipment and technology, with high degree of expertise and substantial in-house resources, employing above 100 people in its permanent cadre, while at any time engaging more than 1,500 locally employed staff and workers at various project sites.