Site for Intervention:AES Ground, University Area, Ahmedabad
The AES Hostel Ground is located in University Area of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It is a huge piece of land that is currently unoccupied and is surrounded by hostel blocks for students studying in various colleges nearby. The placement of the hostel blocks is not defined and makes the space feel very isolated
The ground is majorly used for playing activities or sports by people all around or as a shortcut for vehicles to drive through. At certain edges, we see encroachment by homeless people who have built up temporary shelters due to displacement.
The most prevalent occupation here is construction work as the site is located right next to where the metro construction is taking place. A lot of fruit and vegetable vendors are also found along the edges of the ground.
The ground is isolated and used as a dumping ground for all kinds of waste.
Site for Community Study : Ganesh Nagar, Daskroi, Ahmedabad
Ganesh Nagar was setup as a transit camp for people who were displaced during the Ahmedabad river front development. They were all given a plot of 10ft x 15 ft to setup temporary shelters until they would get permanent houses. Currently around 700 families are living in this once setup as transit camp.
Average Family size: 5 people
Major occupation: Daily wage laborers, Rag pickers and Auto rickshaw drivers.
Origins: It is a mix neighbourhood of people from different caste, religions and places. Majority are Hindus and Muslims, and are from West Bengal, Marwaris from Rajasthan, Gujarat.
Sanitation: The area has few public toilets, majority of which are non-functional. Some families have built toilets outside their houses. Open defecation is a common practice.