Jun 7, 2015

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Naroda Fatak Area

-By Siddharth Bhatia

 Naroda Phatak area (morning)

We went to Naroda phatak area where there are migrants from Rajasthan making brooms. This was my second visit and there were so many new things that came out.  They get their raw material from Udaipur. The leaves are of date palm (khajur) which they bring in trucks along with them. They migrate for 2 months and then go back to their villages. The whole family stays in the make shift tent and a total of 30-35 families were seen in that stretch. I am listing some of the observations which were different from what was discussed in session and the ones listed in the previous field work on 29th May 2015.

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Out of a raw material of rs 10 (one tree leaves), they are able to make 100 brooms. Approximately 50-60 brooms are made per day. The total sales in the month are around 10,000 per month.

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There is a lot of pain in hands and joints due to the process. The tubes used for tying the broom leaves together are tyre tubes from cycle as well as motorcycles. The motorcycle tubes are cost Rs 10 and cycle tubes cost Rs 5 out of which 20 and 5 brooms can be made respectively. However the stretching of tubes causes serious pain in hands and chest. They have to around searching for these tubes.


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The device they use to make brooms is called seena and is usually a rectangular long wooden plank having around 20-30 nails pierced inside the plank. The device costs them Rs 700 and weighs 5 kgs. The device works upto 2 years. They usually make the sketch and give it to the carpenter for making. One of the workers drew the sketch when I asked from him. Materials used: iron-10Rs/kg for nails, wooden plank for Rs 300, holes through machine for Rs 150.

The worker said if we could make a battery operated machine (since there is no electricity) that can reduce the drudgery and increase the production. Chetan showed the video of the existing machine we have, however a detailed field study on design aspects and pressure points is required. This study can be taken as part of the summer school.


Other observations

We could see a lot of kids coming rushing to us asking for money and food. The area was quite poor and the lack of water was easily visible. The people have no water to bathe for day and days together. They get drinking water from nearby industries, mostly in exchange of one broom.  The above two pictures show how small children live their lives in these slums.


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