DS40: Subhash Nagar demolition Wadala
Cinematographer: Anil Ingale, Surbhi Sharma
Duration: 00:51:25; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 34.857; Saturation: 0.057; Lightness: 0.365; Volume: 0.099; Cuts per Minute: 17.193
Summary: Event: - Wadala Subhash Nagar Demolition
On 4th November, BMC wrecked and destroyed pavement dwellers’ shanties at Wadala Subhash Nagar. BMC officials promised an alternative place for their rehabilitation in Mumbai and evacuated them. These dwellers were moved to another place; only to upset them later with the news that they do not have any new place. BMC official break this news in the evening to them at Matunga’s (F/N) BMC office. They were asked to leave the premises but they didn’t budge. They spent their entire night in the trucks, which has been captured in this video along with their point of view.
On 5th November, they were again taken back to the demolished place. BMC officials came again to demolish their place on 6th November; which faced a lot of opposition from the dwellers.
This homeless man is pouring water in the hand of another man, and a kid quenches her thirst.
A lady joins in, ask for water and she also drinks.
Camera pans from right to left and show the helplessness of pavement dwellers. But they are not moving out from the truck as they are homeless now.
A lady tells her grievance that how she is being fooled by BMC officials about their relocation place and now she is homeless.
This man informs that they have been staying in this place since 20 years. He also informs that without any prior notice they have been evacuated.
A third person joins in the conversation and tells that they are also been deprived of water. He also adds that they are ready to leave the premises and are ready to get down from trucks if the BMC officials are in mood to talk with them.
Lot of people join the discourse and puts their point of view.
An old lady tells that she doesn’t want anything except food, clothing and shelter- the basic necessity which the leader promises when they ask for votes
People had attached the yellow card on BMC's truck itself. It says, "If we provide labour, we also want our rights. We want protection of our house as we are also Mumbaikars."
Another placard displays the same message and sentiment seen in the previous placard - Right to housing and respect.
Kids have also become homeless and they have also occupied the truck for such a long time.
The camera pans and zooms in the third truck showing helplessness of people who lives on footpath.
Another yellow placard on the third truck also ask for the same rights and an appeal to let them live peacefully.
It shows how people are unwilling to move out from the trucks in which they were supposed to be relocated to an alternative place.
People are preparing their tea near BMC office as they do not have their shanties at footpath and not an alternative place too.
The sight of three vehicles and helpless people are been shot from back.
On 5th November, these people were again located to their previous footpath but it was fenced so that they could not reside there. It was again dismantled by pavement dwellers.
The person who filed the complaint to evacuate these pavement dwellers, saw them breaking the fence and residing there once again. So he shouts at them and ask for an explanation as why are they back?
Shots of moving vehicles are captured.
Demolition takes place again on 6th November.
Pavement dwellers are forced to leave the place.
Pavement dwellers are opposing the demolition.
Policemen are evacuating the place leaving these pavement dwellers helpless and homeless for once again.
This time, their household things and materials from which a home can be constructed again are taken away.
A woman who was opposing the demolition got detained.
She lies down in front of the vehicle so it shouldn’t be moved. Her near ones ask her to calm down and stop throwing ruckus.
A child cries as her mom was taken away by Police.
People are splashing water on an unconscious person- victim of police lathi-charge. Police have used lathi-charge to control the situation.
Some people are expressing their grievances and discontent.
Collage of helpless people, who are left with nothing.