Howrah Bridge

A half million per day

In the year 2050 two of three people will live in citys. The urbanisation is rising rapidly. Megacitys sprout from the ground, the most of them in India. This will bring big challenges for the infrastructural development.

In his story „A half million per day“ the german photojournalist, Ole Spata, exhibits the life around the
most frequented bridge in the world. Every day a half million people cross the Howrah Bridge in Calcutta to reach the other side of the holy river Ganges. The bridge is the main connection between the mega city Calcutta with a population of 15 million people and Howrah, a city of one million people. The life around the bridge seems like a snapshot of India and a symbol of population growth in citys.   

More about the Howrah Bridge:  
The Howrah Bridge was constructed in 1943 during the final decade of British colonial rule. At 705 metres (2,300 feet) long the iconic structure serves as the gateway to Kolkata, linking the city with Howrah Station, one of the world's busiest railway hubs. The Sidewalks are occupied by street dealerships, hairdressers and beggars. The vibrant life starts with sunrise. People can be seen taking a bath in the brown water of „mother ganga“, washing there clothes and dishes or relieving themselves on the river bank. Right next to the bridge thousands of wholesalers sell flower garlands, wedding bouquets and cut flowers at the giant and colourful flowermarket. Only a few meters away massive wrestler bodys roll around in the sand, wearing nothing more than really short underpants. In the temple behind the bridge the holy Hindumonks, called Babas, smoke weed and pray to their favorite god Shiva.          

Dealers sort flowers next to the Howrah Bridge.
The traffic on top of the bridge
People crossing the Ganges by a ferry
People crossing the Ganges by a ferry
A rickshaw boy sitting in his rickshaw under the Howrah bridge.
A young monk is praying in a temple.
The flowermarket between a slum on the left side and a mountain of rubbish on the right.
A flower Dealer
Flower dealers in the small streets
A guy showing some magic tricks before selling viagra to the viewers.
Women sitting on bags with coconuts.
A restaurant in a slum next to the flowermarket.
Hairdresser in a slum.
A market booth on the flower market.
Pigeons start flying from a feeding ground. For some hindus the pigeon is a holy animal.
Taxi on top of the bridge.
People washing clothes and taking a bath in the morning.
An apartment in a corrugated iron hut.
A rickshaw boy is pulling a family by his feet in his rickshaw.
A rickshaw boy is sleeping under the Howrah bridge in his rickshaw.
A wrestler is exercise his muscles with old devices.
Two wrestlers during an exercise fight.
A wrestler is covered with sludge after a fight.
The Howrah busstation
Women playing a board game.
Indians taking a bath in the holy ganges.
A mother in a slum is preparing the hair of her doughter for the school.
Indians taking a bath in the holy ganges.
A small sunbeam is lighting the face of a baba after he smokes a joint.
People crossing the bridge in the evening.
After a prayer, a hindu takes a small flowerboat in the ganges.
A busdriver on top of the bridge.
Fisherboats paddle behind a mountain of rubbish.
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