DS29: Wadi Bandar Footpath Tod-Mod (Pavement Settlement Demolition)
Cinematographer: Seemanthini Dhuru, Nasreen Mohammad
Duration: 01:21:47; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 201.574; Saturation: 0.101; Lightness: 0.503; Volume: 0.103; Cuts per Minute: 12.435
Summary: For the last 25-30 years, pavement dwellers settled on P D'mello Road. Majority of them have migrated from south and most of them work as labourers in BPT (Bombay Port Trust) on daily wages. They used to load and unload materials from trucks such as food, metal. They were accused of stealing things from BPT and government planned to evacuate from the place. But they were not the sole culprit; authorities were also responsible for it. Their houses were demolished on regular basis but the demolition shot in the footage is the major demolition, these people witnessed. YUVA shot this when documenting for POLICE. Later, YUVA conducted a survey and on its basis YUVA fought for their right to housing.
Wadi Bandar Footpath tod-mod
(Demolition of Pavement Settlement in Wadi Bandar)
12th December- 1990
Police are standing near the sight of demolition. BMC workers are dismantling the houses. Materials necessary to build the shack is broken into pieces.
A woman is standing with her household things.
Camera pans and zooms on the poster on BMC van, which desires for Clean Mumbai.
Large numbers of Police are standing for the prevention of any possible unruly behavior or chaos.
BMC workers are busy in their work of dilapidating houses on the footpath.
Camera shifts it focus from the woman holding a child to the man who was speaking to the YUVA correspondent, and then to the scenario.
A beggar is captured in the camera who is trying to find something useful for him in the ruins.
Roofs are removed. Utensils and many other household things are lying outside since there is no home. Close-up shot of a house.
Camera zooms out from the woman to the children.
A woman walks by, and shots of many people are captured. Vehicles are moving. Shots of building are captured that stands near the pavement settlement.
BMC workers and Police talk about the functions of their role and their role in demolition.
BMC workers and Police are standing near a BMC vehicle. Other vehicles are moving in the background. Policemen talk about their duty to protect BMC workers from Pavement Dwellers’ wrath. While BMC workers reveal their residential area.
The camera focuses on another BMC worker
Police discuss about the number of people allotted to the work. Work of demolition carries on.
A group of Policemen are sitting on rock-solid stone and giving interviews to YUVA correspondent. Camera focuses on lady police. They talk about the number of BMC worker and Police who are given in charge of the demolition process.
A senior polices ask other policemen to resume their work and leave the premises.
Camera follows police-men.
Three lady police are sitting in the police van. Initially one refuses to answer. Later they talk about their duties, experience and their feelings when pavement settlements are shattered
A constable talks to the interviewer. Another constable also joins in the conversation. They talk about their seniors, work and the problems. Few local people have gathered behind two constables.
Camera shows the lathi carried by Constable. Many people gathered near the camera.
Pavement Dwellers are collecting their household things. Policemen are standing near the demolition place.
Few police are seen sitting in the BMC vehicle. A BMC worker is seen smoking.
Camera shows the pavement dwellers whereas few policemen are standing near the place and inspecting the surrounding. Two constables are talking to each other. Remains of the shattered house are lying on footpath.
A woman is collecting the raw materials that had been broken into pieces in demolition.
Policemen are standing with their lathi. BMC workers are sitting along with policemen in the truck.
A man is seen cycling, few BMC vehicles are moving while some police men are talking.
A photo is hung up on the wall. Camera zooms out and shit its view to the pavement dwellers. A lady is holding the child and some women are collecting the debris of home.
In the background people are talking
A pavement dweller talks about their problem. They ask about the rights of the poor to live. They also acknowledge that police had never raised their hand or charged them with lathi.
Another man talks about the money they invest in home only to be demolished later. They complain that because of this regular demolition they are unable to save money. They counter argue the accusation of robbery on them.
A police van is been captured. Vehicles are moving on the road. People are passing by. A crane leaves along with BMC trucks. Camera focuses to pavement dwellers that raise their displeasure about robbery and claims that police should know. A man is seen smoking.
Camera captures the kid who is sleeping on the road.
Close up shot of the Pepsi’s tin, which is used as a source of light in pavement settlement.
Camera zooms out from the tin and shows the children and pavement dwellers who are listening to the interviewer.
A man shares his displeasure about politician false promises during election rally.
BMC workers are dismantling settlements. Few pavement dwellers are collecting their remaining household things. People are seen standing.
A man reveals why they fear Police.
It pans to other person than again camera comes back to the previous man who was talking about the role of police in demolition.
A man is seen holding a kid. He talks about hafta. Other men are seen smoking beedis. Few express their grievances.
Few women slam the accusation of theft. They also acknowledges that police had never demanded for any hafta (bribe) from them. Later, a man, who is also hawker by profession, joins and alleges that police demands bribe from him for selling things on footpath.
Police are evacuating pavement dwellers. An old woman holding a kid passes by.
Women are seen shouting and screaming and expressing their problems. BMC workers are performing their duties. They are digging the floor so that pavement dwellers do not settle there again.
BMC workers got distracted when women started shouting, at that time, Police ask them to resume the work.
Pavement dwellers are abusing and shouting. Camera pans to police, who are trying to make pavement dwellers understand to not create any chaos. A pavement dweller is trying to talk to a police.
A man is seen raising his objection to police who are performing their duties and following the order.
A woman from this settlement expresses the grief of many poor people – right to survival and access to basic amenities.
Women are conveying their concern for their kids’ future and how they will survive without home.
Crowd gathers near the demolition site. Two policemen are talking to a man. Camera pans to women who are shouting to BMC workers.
Three policemen are trying to pacify the situation. A constable, who is holding the pole, is trying to make them understand that they are present for the protection of BMC workers.
He summons four lady police to control the situation.
An old woman says summon any lady police, she isn’t scared.
He tried to make the woman understand that talking with police is not going to yield any fruitful results. She has to address her problem to Municipal officers.
A man joins in and explains women that there is no use of expressing their grievance to Police as they are here only for protection. Argument continues, pavement dwellers continue to voice their misery.
A senior police gets down from the van for controlling the situation.
He is talking to woman and asking her to leave the premise without raising any rebel.
Another senior police talks to a women who is pleading to him for a resettlement place. A person screams that throw this people out from here.
Few policemen try to disperse crowd. Pavement dwellers keep on persisting police for a new place if they are being thrown out of here.
Police demands YUVA correspondent to leave the premises and scorns at them for shooting it in camera.
Many policemen are trying to control the situation are being shot from back side.
BMC workers resume their work of demolition.
Police are trying to talk to the Pavement dwellers. Camera pans from BMC workers to Police Van.
BMC workers are dismantling houses; a police man asks the camera-person to leave the premises.
A woman is expressing her misery to lady police.
A lady is being interviewed. She works in BPT (Bombay Port Trust). She puts her views on Police, bribe, injustice, stealing and custom officer.
She alleges that police, custom officer and other middleman bribes them support them in robbing rice, dal, plastic and other small materials and later blame them. They steal out of force as they are just paid Rupees 5 to Rupees 15 per day.
Supervisor of these workers supports them. He alleges that Police are the ones who inform these people about the availability of material; and men in authority also misbehave with women.