Photo Essay: Yamuna And The Urban Farmers of Delhi
Yamuna has many aspects of her being. In sharp contrast to its widespread public image of being a river contaminated with pollutants, it nurtures vegetable farming on its banks. Cultivating these vegetables is a vital source of livelihood to thousands of urban farmers in Delhi. These urban farmers are barely chronicled in country's agrarian landscape. Gaon Connection offers a pictorial tribute to these farmers in a photo essay.
Prakash Singh 15 Jun 2023 3:21 PM GMT
For those who use Delhi Metro for commute or frequent travel within the national capital, it is virtually impossible to ignore the view of bright green foliage which is spread on the either side of the metro rail at Yamuna Bank near the Akshardham Temple. Zooming in on the green foliage, the scene of farmers working in their agricultural fields offers a visual treat of an almost rural landscape in an uber urban setting — as if a fleeting encounter between the two faces of this developing country exchanging a brief smile.
In this photo essay, Gaon Connection presents the visuals from the humble lives of Delhi's urban farmers who often go unnoticed in the usual discourses on agriculture in India. These farmers, an overwhelming majority of whom have migrated from other states in search for a livelihood in the national capital, are an integral part of the daily lives of Delhi's residents. They provide fresh green vegetables to the urban dwellers mainly in the areas around Akshardham Temple — such as Mayur Vihar, Pandav Nagar, Ganesh Nagar, Noida, and other localities situated in the eastern part of Delhi.
Have a look at these pictures as we offer a pictorial tribute to these urban farmers of Delhi: