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River, West Bengal state, northeastern India. The most westerly and commercially the most important stream of the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta, it provides access to Kolkata (Calcutta) from the Bay of Bengal. Formed by the junction of the Bhagirathi and Jalangi rivers, it flows south about 160 mi (260 km) through a heavily industrialized area home to more than half of West Bengal's population. Above Kolkata the river is silted up, but it is navigable to the city by ocean liners. It enters the Bay of Bengal through an estuary 3–20 mi (5–32 km) wide, which is spanned by two bridges.
Variants of HUGLI RIVER
Hugli River or Hooghly River
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