National Geographic : 1971 Oct
Needle's eye in a city of more than seven million, Howrah Bridge funnels Calcutta traffic (above) across the Hooghly, a lesser outlet of the Ganges. Beneath the span, wor shipers of the monkey god Hanuman, source of strength, exercise before work (right). Once India's busiest port, Calcutta now 478 KODACHROMES © N.G .S. ranks behind Bombay in tonnage. Sandbars clot its 80-mile channel to the sea, barring deep-draft ships most of the year. Worse, Calcutta feels the burden of East Pakistani refugees, who have fled by the millions into West Bengal and its already crowded capital city, bringing the threat of cholera.