One of the most visited point of attractions in the outskirts of Siliguri province is the Coronation Bridge. Situated in the area of Sevoke, it is also known as the Sevoke Bridge. The lion statues at one entrance of the bridge are the reasons why locals call it ‘Bagh Pool’. National Highway 31 runs through it. Spanning across the River Teesta, the most important river in North Bengal, it connects the districts of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri.
Built during 1941, the bridge was named to after the commemoration of the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937. The construction started under the Governor of Bengal, John Anderson, in 1937, and it took a project cost of 4 lakhs to build this bridge. The design, drawing and planning was carried out by John Chambers, the last British executive of Darjeeling Division PWD, while the construction was carried out under J C Gammon from Bombay.
The current and the depth of River Teesta did not allow support to build pillar in the river-bed. Hence, the support to the entire bridge was given by making a fixed arch and the two ends of the arch were fixed on the rock layers of both side of the river. Thus the bridge carries out a great significance from historical and architectural aspect and attracts many visitors towards it throughout the year.
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