Life in Red | A brick factory workers life in Thirumazhisai

November 8, 2013 No Comments »


Today in the world economy, we are thinking about the infrastructure which is the backbone of any country’s development, here the construction is the very important factor which plays in huge role in the suburb city. Nowadays in cities like Chennai, we are seeing the infrastructure development in its vertical growth and that the constructions are equally busy at all levels.

For this, brick and sand are two important raw materials, I had an opportunity to see the brick factories at the place called Thirumazhisai, Chennai.

Thirumazhisai is an excellent greenish place where we can see the farming as an important activity, but at the same time if we look at another direction, there are several brick factories that are running in full swing. These brick factories are very modern in terms of heating the bricks whereas the humans, unprotected by any gear, are involved in all the other activities.

Both men and woman are equally participating in all the activities from the starting of making the brick to burning them it in the chambers. Most of the people from Andra Pradhesh or the Telugu speaking people, are working here and normally all are staying near to the brick factory site. They are living in normal huts and while working they don’t use any protection gear. I do see many wounds on their bodies mostly on their hands and faces, but they don’t worry about it.

Working under the direct sun, exposed to the hot chambers, breathing very polluted air… just think about their job. It is hard to see their life at the brick factory, and simply for someone’s luxurious way of life, these people are putting their live under extreme risk.

Text and photos courtesy of Saravanan Dhandapani. Be inspired by his works of art and check his Flickr account or his Facebook page.

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