Team- Saurin patel, Angad Ankala and Dhriti Kimothi
The study and research done to acquire information on where is our currency printed. One would assume a country to be responsible for its currency and the stages of its making.
In the case of India it imports is material from countries like Germany, Britain, Italy and Switzerland. The oldest presses that prints the currency for India are situated in Britain and Germany.
The small kids running around at traffic signals of Ahmedabad enthusiastically all day, is a driving experience no one could over see. We tried to analyze their movement pattern and network chain to and from them. We spent two days running behind them and going up their supply chain to get to the bone of it. When we reached the end we realized it’s much more than what we assumed it to be.
Most of these people are migrants from relatively impoverished states such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh etc. They travel to Gujarat a few months each year to sell their goods and make money. According to them, Gujarat is a good place for such business and especially Ahmedabad is due to wealthy residence and lenient traffic rules and police. Most of them reside in a vicinity of about 200-300 meters from the traffic signals and move among two three of them through the day.
Most of these goods are bought at wholesale rates from two main suppliers in the old city near Teen Darwaja. Namely, Soni Brothers and Kadriyah Stores on a daily basis. They set the price usually about 200 percent more than what they are expecting out of a single unit. These stores in turn get their stock from other megacities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore etc. The stock is supplied to these cities via a strong road network from all the ports who receive their share from mainland China. While a lot of profit is added along the way, the end sellers, these kids at signals make the most money. Some goods are directly purchased from Delhi and Bangalore by these clans. And they make repeated trips to these cities everything the stock is low.
Mapping where do daily wage labourers in Akhbarnagar come from?
The map shows where the people from Gurukul go. After interacting with people living in Gurukul we noted down where they go, how they go and how much time the journey takes. People are categorized into five different categories i.e., working, college student, school student, housewives and retired. Their mode of transport is also considered whether they travel by walking or own vehicle or uses public transport. The map is drawn with respect to time. This map is only for the time between 8:00am to 11:00am.
As conclusion the retired usually prefer to stay at home in the morning, housewives travels nearby places like dropping their child school, buying grocery or vegetables. The children that goes to school has schools nearby. Most of college student goes to collage near Gandhinagar or near to Thaltej and Shilaj. Most of working people have either their offices nearby or near Thaltej or nearby Kalupur.
Our journey started from Mati an Ahmedabad based earthen pottery shop; through which we came across Kanubhai lavjibhai Prajapati. He has been doing pottery since he was 20. It took him 40 years to get to the stage that he is at. Through his pottery skills he has not only been able to expand his network within Gujarat but also outside the state.
From all the activities that we observed we concentrated on the level of networking that happen between him and the people that he deals with. This ranges from people that he imports materials from to small roadside sellers to dealers from different states.
We went to his house that is situated in Chandlodia. Once we went in the evening to not only see the activities that take place but to majorly observe the interactions that take place during that period of time. The other time that we went was in the morning from 6a.m to 12 noon, their daily working hours, to observe and discuss who they deal with and which places they supply to. It was a bit tough task to take out all the information, as it is usually difficult for someone to recollect every deal at once. So after we got as much as we could during the discussion with him and his sons we stayed back for a bit longer, pointed at peculiar products and asked about them. By doing this, we got the information that we have today. We didn’t leave a single piece get out of our sight.
We concluded that behind a simple roadside potter there is a huge invisible, complex network that runs. To make a simple pot a lot of transportation and coordination takes place to bring all the necessary materials from different place to one. And also once the desired product is done another level of networking happens to take it to its destination.
Coconut which belongs to the Palm family is classed as a fruit and is actually a one-seeded drupe. Palm trees produce coconuts up to 13 times a year and even though it takes a coconut one year to grow a fully grown tree can give 60-180 coconuts in an individual harvest. They usually grow in tropical and sub-tropical areas.Coconut is cultivated in an area of 1.94 million hectares in India. In India 90% of the coconut cultivation area is in the southern states, with Kerala consuming about 50% of the area.
In Gujarat major coconut farming is done in Junagadh within a coast line of 200 km at places like Mangrol, Veraval and Diu. Other places where coconut farming is done are Porbandar, Valsad and Surat.
These Coconuts are then exported to their neighboring states like Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The total production of coconut in Gujarat was approximately 295 million in 2014-2015.
In Ahmedabad there are three main market Centre’s where coconuts are unloaded, these are Vishala, Naroda and Manekchowk. On a daily basis usually 40,000-50,000 coconuts are imported and then sold by the dealer at the market Centre’s where some vendors buy coconuts directly. The dealer also hires a tempo to sell the coconuts to different vendors at different places within the city. The dealer buys these coconuts at Rs. 10 and sells it at Rs. 15 to the vendors who further sell it to the customers at Rs. 25 per coconut. The prices vary from vendor to vendor and from city to city.
The map is about network system. We studied the network system of flour product of Bhagwati flour mill. It is situated at GIDC, Naroda, Ahmedabad in Gujarat. Product of this mill are Meda, Besan and Suji. This system shows the connection of places where raw materials(wheat and gram) are import from and where the products are exported and distributed. It also shows how waste is being used.
The raw material Gram is imported from Russia, Tanzania, Australia and Turkey. Where wheat is imported from Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh. Machinery are imported from Agra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and local places in Gujarat. The final products are exported to the local states like Rajkot, Surat, Jamnagar and Kalupur. The companies like Balaji, Hladiram delicious food, Annapurna Universal takes direct orders of floor from the mill.