Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners

The Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners (HRBC) office is a statutory organization under the Department of Transport (West Bengal),[1] established in 1969 for the construction of Vidyasagar Setu.

Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners
AbbreviationHRBC
Formation1969; 55 years ago (1969)
TypeGovernment Agency
Legal statusActive
PurposeExecuting complex engineering projects in West Bengal
HeadquartersKolkata
Chairman
Kalyan Banerjee
Key people
Chief Project Manager Durgapada Pan
Websitehrbc.org.in

In 1961, the Kolkata Metropolitan Planning Organization was set up through a resolution of the Development and Planning Department to develop a comprehensive development plan for the Metropolis, then called Calcutta. It was the first of its kind in India.[2][3]

HRBC became the main body employed by the state government for complex civil engineering projects in urban locales in Kolkata. It is the principal body charged with the maintenance of the four flyovers across the city that serve as major traffic arteries.

An abandoned 14-floor skyscraper belonging to the HRBC in the Mandirtala neighborhood of Howrah was turned into the state secretariat of the Government of West Bengal and named as Nabanna. It continued to house the majority of state government departments and offices of the Chief Minister of West Bengal as of August, 2019.[4]

Projects

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  • Calcutta Infrastructure Development Projects: projects of the Government of West Bengal. Using international development loans, this project improved traffic speed by easing congestion at important critical junctions across Kolkata.[6]

References

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  1. ^ "1st major repair of Vidyasagar Setu in 25 years". 13 September 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  2. ^ "History of the Urban Development and Municipal Affairs departments of West Bengal". Department of Urban Development and Municipal Affairs of West Bengal. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  3. ^ "A history of the HRBC". HRBC. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Why Mamata Banerjee is shifting CM office to HRBC building". Economic Times. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  5. ^ "10th October 1992 : The day the second bridge across the Hooghly River was inaugurated". Maps of India. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  6. ^ "The Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners". Indiamart. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Calcutta flyover showers dust, video spreads panic". The Telegraph. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Project 3: The Gariahat Flyover". HRBC. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Park Streetflyover ride may end in Esplanade jam". The Times of India. 14 December 2004. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Makeover drive on North streets". The Telegraph. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Kona Expressway to lose NH tag". Times of India. 16 October 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Tram tracks repair in Belgacchia revives hope of route resurrection". Times of India. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2019.