Photos: Workers toil in the scorching heat to survive in Gurugram

The mercury has not dropped below the 40°C-mark since June 1, there’s been an unrelenting heatwave and the maximum temperature touched 45.8°C on Monday—season’s highest for Gurugram this year. Under such extreme conditions, while the people in the higher strata of society hide in their homes and offices, the city’s homeless, construction workers, and daily wage earners, among many others, work from sun up to sun down to make ends meet.

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Basant Yadav fixes power lines on MG Road. Yadav, a native of Darbhanga in Bihar, is currently an employee of an electricity distribution company in Gurugram. “When you are working on top of the pole, the sun hits you directly. I sometimes get blackouts, so I pause for a minute. But not working is not an option for me,” he said. Several such workers are braving the heat to make a living in the city. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

Basant Yadav fixes power lines on MG Road. Yadav, a native of Darbhanga in Bihar, is currently an employee of an electricity distribution company in Gurugram. “When you are working on top of the pole, the sun hits you directly. I sometimes get blackouts, so I pause for a minute. But not working is not an option for me,” he said. Several such workers are braving the heat to make a living in the city. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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Construction workers walk for miles, sometimes carrying material weighing at least 15 kilogram on their heads, under the unrelenting sun. Many said that they have to rely on a wet piece of cloth to cover their head. Sometimes, even finding drinking water becomes difficult and they have to depend on their employer for it. Many keep falling ill due to exhaustion and fatigue and are forced to skip a day’s work. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

Construction workers walk for miles, sometimes carrying material weighing at least 15 kilogram on their heads, under the unrelenting sun. Many said that they have to rely on a wet piece of cloth to cover their head. Sometimes, even finding drinking water becomes difficult and they have to depend on their employer for it. Many keep falling ill due to exhaustion and fatigue and are forced to skip a day’s work. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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Maintenance workers of railway tracks repair broken parts near the Daulatabad flyover. One of them, Mahender Singh, has been working as a track worker for three years now. He said he can be assigned duty at any time of the day, and usually has to walk around 5 km to reach the spot. “I drape a cloth over my head and face to protect myself from the heat. But that doesn’t really help much,” he said. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

Maintenance workers of railway tracks repair broken parts near the Daulatabad flyover. One of them, Mahender Singh, has been working as a track worker for three years now. He said he can be assigned duty at any time of the day, and usually has to walk around 5 km to reach the spot. “I drape a cloth over my head and face to protect myself from the heat. But that doesn’t really help much,” he said. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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Bus drivers and conductors said working in the heat is particularly tough for them as the buses, made of fibre, get too hot. “It almost feels as if you are in a bus that has caught fire,” a conductor said, adding the fans circulate hot air and provide little respite. He said they frequently fall sick as a result. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

Bus drivers and conductors said working in the heat is particularly tough for them as the buses, made of fibre, get too hot. “It almost feels as if you are in a bus that has caught fire,” a conductor said, adding the fans circulate hot air and provide little respite. He said they frequently fall sick as a result. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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Om Veer Sharma is a postman who travels close to 40 km a day on his bicycle to deliver mail. He said he leaves the Sadar Bazaar post office at around 9 am for sectors 15, 30, 31 and nearby areas. All mail is usually delivered by 5:30 pm. For Sharma, cycling long distances isn’t easy. However, he said he takes frequent breaks. “People also offer me water and snacks; so that keeps me going,” he said. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

Om Veer Sharma is a postman who travels close to 40 km a day on his bicycle to deliver mail. He said he leaves the Sadar Bazaar post office at around 9 am for sectors 15, 30, 31 and nearby areas. All mail is usually delivered by 5:30 pm. For Sharma, cycling long distances isn’t easy. However, he said he takes frequent breaks. “People also offer me water and snacks; so that keeps me going,” he said. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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A traffic police officer directs vehicles at Hero Honda Chowk. There are around 1,500 traffic police officials in the city who work in different shifts, which extend beyond 12 hours. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

A traffic police officer directs vehicles at Hero Honda Chowk. There are around 1,500 traffic police officials in the city who work in different shifts, which extend beyond 12 hours. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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A police personnel washes his face as a respite from the heat, at Z-Chowk, near Huda City Centre metro station. A few officials said that at major junctions, they suffer a lot as there is a need for traffic police at these places throughout the day. They sometimes take refuge inside traffic booths. (Yogendra Kumar / HT Photo)

A police personnel washes his face as a respite from the heat, at Z-Chowk, near Huda City Centre metro station. A few officials said that at major junctions, they suffer a lot as there is a need for traffic police at these places throughout the day. They sometimes take refuge inside traffic booths. (Yogendra Kumar / HT Photo)

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