Braithwaite, Burn & Jessop Construction Company

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Braithwaite, Burn & Jessop Construction Company
Type Public Sector Undertaking
Industry construction, civil engineering
Founded 1935
Headquarters Kolkata, India
Area served India
Products bridges
Owners Government of India

Braithwaite, Burn & Jessop Construction Company Limited (BBJ Construction Company) is a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) of the Government of India. Established in the 1930s, BBJ Construction Company has been involved in the construction and maintenance of many of India's rail and river bridges. The company is registered and headquartered in Kolkata and reported aggregated revenue of INR737698000 (US$12 million) during fiscal 2007.

The Howrah Bridge in Calcutta over the river Hooghly was built between 1935–1941 by BBJ Construction Co. Ltd.


The early story of BBJ started around the mid-thirties. The ever increasing traffic movement between the twin cities of Calcutta & 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 three engineering firms – Braithwaite, Burn & Jessop – came together and floated a new company. Thus on 26 January 1935 was born BBJ. The Braithwaite Burn & Jessop Company Limited.

The onward march began in 1941 with Howrah Bridge, later, named Rabindra Setu. Its recent achievement is the second Hooghly Bridge or Vidyasagar Setu.

The Ganges Bridge at Mokameh, Yamuna Bridge at Delhi, Godavari Bridge at Rajamundry, Krishna Bridge at Vijawada, Brahmaputra Bridge at Pandu are some of the achievements of this company.

Nationalised in 1987, BBJ today is a subsidiary of multiple resource organisation Govt. of India Undertaking BBUNL. BBJ's engineering activity is also evident in installation of major steel plants, thermal power stations, oil refineries, fertiliser projects. BBJ has also undertaken restoration of damaged bridges, creation of fabricated industrial structures and civil construction of major commercial and administrative buildings.[1]

CIVIL WORKS AT PORT & DOCK: BBJ has always been associated with all the major ports and docks of India, Kolkata, Mumbai, Cochin, Paradip and Haldia in the field of Civil Construction work.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Financial Statements, FY07. BBJ Construction Company.

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