Iconic Howrah Bridge May Be Soon Open For Photography


Kolkata: Good news for shutterbugs in Kolkata.The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT), which owns and maintains the bridge, is considering withdrawal of restrictions on photography on the bridge. The iconic bridge over river Hoogly connects Howrah and Kolkata has been photographer’s delight down the ages. Shutterbugs may soon be able to capture images on the city’s iconic heritage structure.

“Such restrictions may have no relevance today when satellite images of all structures and locations are readily available on the internet. We will take a decision on this issue soon,” KoPT chairman Vinit Kumar said.Tales of tourists, as well as Kolkata residents, getting into trouble for clicking pictures on the bridge are very common, but no one, not even senior Kolkata Police officers who are responsible for implementing the no-photography rule know the reason behind the ban.
Asenior KoPT official, while providing a possible explanation behind the rule, linked the period of inauguration of the bridge in 1943 in the middle of World War II. “Japan was bombing Kolkata regularly, so the bridge was thrown open to traffic in February 1943 during the night sans any light to prevent detection from the air. The plan worked,” he said. “The British were apprehensive of any photograph of the structure considered a strategic installation falling into enemy hands.

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Later, during the wars with China & Pakistan, the no-photography notification was reissued,” the official added. But there are exceptions to the ban.“There are set tariffs for commercial filming on the bridge,”an official said.