PEDALING FOR BREAD / New Delhi, India.

A significant number of migrant workers in Delhi, Indian´s capital, depend on cycle rickshaw pulling to support their families back in their village.

Source ; Ritimo. Initiatives pour un monde solidaire.

Many of these migrants workers take up rickshaw pulling as a quick way to earn some money while they are in the city.

Thousand of male migrants workers join the cycle richshaw industry as pullers, mechanics of workers in various ancillary units that support the cycle rickshaw industry.

About 90% of Delhi´s rickshaw pullers come from the state inmediately east of Delhi ( Uttar Pradesh ) and the state inmediately east of that ( Bihar ).

Most rickshaw puller in Delhi are seasonal migrants who take up rickshaw pulling for few months and return to their native villages during the peak agricultural season.

The non-polluting and environment - friendly cycle rickshaw, as one of the cheapest modest of intra- city transport, plays a pivotal role in providing point to point connectivity, helping people reach nearby markets, railway stations, and bus terminals, and allowing them to commute short distances in narrow lanes where cars and auto rickshaws cannot easily travel.

In Delhi, the cycle rickshaw has gradually emerged as an indispensable mode of public transport and the cheapest way to commute short distances.

Rickshaw pullers, due to their status as seasonal migrants, do not receive basic social security in urban areas.

A rickshaw puller earns between 150 to 300 rupees per day. The average monthly income of a rickshaw puller is between 1200 to 4500 rupees.

Most rickshaw pullers cannot afford and accommodation in Delhi as the rents are quite high in most parts of the city. Many rickshaw pullers sleep on the pavements and the footpaths, under flyovers and brigdes.

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