Braithwaite, Burn & Jessop Construction Company

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The Braithwaite Burn & Jessop Construction Company
Public Sector Undertaking
Industry construction, civil engineering
Founded 26th January, 1935
Headquarters Kolkata, India
Area served
Key people
Charles Alfred O'Grady Engineer
Products Construction & repairing of Rail Bridges, Rail-cum-Road bridges, Industrial Structural works, Large building foundation, Civil Engineering works, Refinery piping works, Railway gauge conversion.
Owner Department of Heavy Industries, Government of India

The Braithwaite Burn & Jessop Construction Company Limited (BBJ Construction Company) is a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) of the Government of India under Department of Heavy Industries. Established in the 26th January, 1935, BBJ Construction Company has been involved in the construction & repairing of Rail Bridges & Rail-cum-Road Bridges, Industrial structural works, Large building foundation, Civil engineering works, Refinery piping works, Railway gauge conversion etc. The company is registered and headquartered in Kolkata.


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 the three engineering companies - Braithwaite, Burn & Jessop - came together and floated a new company. Thus on 26 January 1935 was born BBJ, The Braithwaite Burn & Jessop Construction Company Limited.

The onward march began in 1941 with the Howrah Bridge, later, named Rabindra Setu. Later in 1991 achievement is the second Hooghly Bridge or Vidyasagar Setu. In between BBJ constructed number of engineering structures spread across the country and abroad.

The Ganga Bridge at Mokameh, Yamuna Bridge at Delhi, Godavari Bridge at Rajamundry, Krishna Bridge at Vijayawada, Brahmaputra Bridge at Pandu are some of the known achievements of the company.

Nationalised in 1987, BBJ today is a subsidiary of multiple resource organisation Govt. of India Undertaking BBUNL, under the administrative control of the Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India. BBJ is also involved in installation of major steel plants, thermal power stations, oil refineries, fertilizer projects. BBJ has also undertaken restoration of damaged bridges, industrial structures and civil construction of major commercial and administrative buildings.



1. GANGA BRIDGE AT MUNGER, BIHAR - The Ganga-Munger Bridge is under construction, it is Rail-cum-Road bridge over the river mighty Ganga at Munger, Bihar state of India. The 3.46-kilometer-long (2.15 mi) river bridge will connect two cities Bakhtiyarpur and Tajpur and also link the two national highways NH 80 and NH 31. Rail-cum-road bridge over river Ganga at Munger, Bihar will be second longest rail road bridge of state Bihar and third longest of the country.

2. GODAVARI BRIDGE AT RAJAHMUNDRY, ANDHRA PRADESH - The Godavari Bridge is a truss bridge over the river Godavari at Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh state of India. Godavari Bridge is also known as Kovvur-Rajahmundry Bridge is the Asia's second longest road-cum-rail bridge above the water. This 2.7-kilometre-long (1.7 mi) bridge is the landmark of Rajahmundry and the second of three bridges over the Godavari river at Rajahmundry

3. NARANARAYANA BRIDGE AT PANCHARATNA, ASSAM - The Naranarayana Bridge is another rail-cum-road bridge over the mighty Brahmaputra river at Assam state of India. Naranarayan Setu is 2.5 kilometres long truss bridge and connects the city Pancharatna and Goalpara of Assam. Naranarayana rail-road bridge is one of the India's one of the largest railway bridge and second longest bridge of Assam over the holy Brahmaputra river.

4. RAJENDRA SETU AT MOKAMA, BIHAR - The Rajendra Setu is the first rail-cum-road bridge over the holy river Ganga. Rajendra Setu is also known as Mokama Bridge is located near Mokama in the capital of Bihar, Patna. The nearly 2.0 kilometres long bridge carries a double line railway track along with two lane road.

5. SARAIGHAT BRIDGE AT GUWAHATI, ASSAM - Saraighat Bridge is the first rail-cum-road bridge over the holy river Brahmaputra near Guwahati in Assam. The 1.4-kilometre-long (0.87 mi) river bridge connects both banks of Brahmaputra at Saraighat.


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