State of the Economy 2018

Same Old Problem

Howrah’s traditional industries like jute and foundries are struggling, while younger sectors like software services face a Catch-22 situation

Photographs by Sandipan Chatterjee

Sector V in Salt Lake is a maze. The narrow streets that make up the IT and ITES hub of Kolkata look nearly the same. High-rises flank the road; makeshift tea and food stalls sell everything from rolls to biryani; and a movie theatre is the go-to place for Salt Lake’s corporate crowd. Somehow, every possible structure has managed to squeeze itself into an already jam-packed setting. And the neighbourhood has only become more crowded over the years.