Pipe City, Hyderabad

One of the items on our agenda was to visit “Pipe City” when we were in Hyderabad, India.  I didn’t really know what Pipe City was until we got there and someone explained it to me.

Pipe City was a place where some people were living inside of sections of concrete pipe.  There as a factory nearby that provided work for some of the people, and they took up residence in the concrete pipes that were just outside of the factory grounds proper.  Here’s part of the deal: entire families would live inside of one section of pipe.  This picture is of one such “home”.

Apparently, not long before we got there (perhaps a couple weeks?), the factory decided to close down and the jobs went away, and when the jobs were gone, the people moved on, too.  The factory owner appeared to have bull-dozed the Pipe City, but one pipe was left standing.  I went inside this pipe and looked out through the “door” and the “window” at the back (they’d filled in part of the back end of the pipe with some kind of concrete and left a “window” at the top, perhaps 12″ high.

I tried to imagine what it would be like to live in such a place when it rained, or in the heat of the India summer.  There was, of course, no furniture, and people would have had to lay down and sleep on the hard concrete.  Cooking?  I don’t know where or how they did it…probably outside of the pipe unless it was raining.

It was sobering.

A “house” in Pipe City, Hyderabad, India

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