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KOLKATA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated a ‘sound and light show’ on the iconic Howrah Bridge from the Millennium Park on the banks of River Ganga here.
The 2.5 minute ‘show and sound’ system installed at the Millenium Park is part of a project of the KoPT’s 150th anniversary celebrations. The show will replace the existing decorative lighting with 650 power-efficient LED and spotlight-fittings for a programmable multi-colour lighting, including a show that will sync with music.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee, governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Union shipping minister Mansukh Mandaviya were also present at the glittering programme organised by the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) at the park.
The cantilever bridge was built by the British and opened to the people in 1943 in the midst of World War II, replacing a pontoon bridge at the same location and linking Kolkata and Howrah. The bridge was the busiest cantilever bridge in the world and was renamed as Rabindra Setu in 1965.
More than 1.15 lakh vehicles from both Kolkata and Howrah ply on it a day, besides over five lakh pedestrians from both sides.
After inaugurating the sound and light show, Modi left for Belur Math, the global headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission by the river route. –
Earlier in the day, the chief minister went to Raj Bhavan and met the Prime Minister. She urged Modi to review the Citizenship Amendment Act passed by Parliament. The PM told her if she had something to say on this, she could come to Delhi and meet him there. Agencies, IHN-NN
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