What is the meaning of metaphorically here?

What is the meaning of metaphorically here? My acquaintance with the barefoot ragpickers leads me to Seemapuri, a place on the periphery of Delhi yet miles away from it, metaphorically. Those who live here are squatters who came from Bangladesh back in 1971. Saheb's family is among them. Seemapuri was then a wilderness. It still is, but it is no longer empty. In structures of mud, with roofs of tiriancU tarpaulin, devoid of sewage, drainage or running water, live 10,000 ragpickers. They have lived here

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Here metaphorically means that even though Seemapuri is on the periphery of Delhi, it is still very far away from the city.


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