Rapid Urbanisation in Rural Gujarat
Photographs and text: Sanderien Verstappen (Provincial Globalisation PhD student)
Agricultural areas in Central Gujarat are undergoing rapid urbanisation. Villages turn into small towns, towns into urban agglomerates, and agricultural land transforms into suburban housing societies. Upwardly mobile families leave the village and move into the new suburbs, hoping to access better economic and educational opportunities.
Anand, once a village of only a few streets, is now an expanding urban agglomeration of more than 2,00,000 people. One reason for Anand’s rapid growth is the migration of Muslims from surrounding villages after the 2002 riots, in search of safety.