Rural-Urban Links

Rural-Urban Links

Moving between Town and Village in Central Gujarat

Photographs and text: Sanderien Verstappen (Provincial Globalisation PhD student)
 

Constant movement and exchange between towns and villages is characteristic of life in the rural-industrial Charotar region of central Gujarat.

The town of Anand in particular is a major focal point for rural-urban circulations in this region. It connects farmers’ produce to markets in Mumbai through the railways; it hosts district-level government institutions; and it provides higher education, restaurants, shopping centres, and new residential areas. Residents use local buses, shared rickshaws, motorbikes and cars to commute within the town and between the town and surrounding villages.

This photo album portrays these rural-urban linkages, which are a significant feature of everyday life in central Gujarat.