Prakash Nagar’s pavement dwellers
Cinematographer: Anil Ingale
Duration: 00:18:15; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 30.460; Saturation: 0.122; Lightness: 0.384; Volume: 0.071; Cuts per Minute: 73.203
Summary: Pavement Dwellers have occupied the footpath between Western Railway station and Mahim’s Police Colony. More than 200 people settled on this footpath. They worked in informal Sectors. There was a strong possibility of demolition of these squatter settlements, in order to develop, build and broaden this road for future transportation, so YUVA had decided to make a documentary on their day-to-day life and problems.
Title of the video scrolls: Prakash Nagar Footpath Basti, Mahim Police Colony, Mahim (West), 16th December 1998.
A glimpse of pavement dwellers’ life can be seen around the alleys of Prakash Nagar’s squatter settlement.
A man, who is going to leave this place, is spotted near a shop which also belongs to this footpath.
Lack of basic service in this squatter settlement is depicted.
A house had placed a flag of PDO (Pavement Dwellers Organisation) echoing the aim and purpose of the organization – to provide basic necessity to people.
Some settlements are situated near Mahim’s railway track. It’s going to be shattered as it had blocked the commutation.
This woman and her child are also illegal tenants. Camera zooms in shows the photo of God.
Camera pans Mahim’s Police Colony to under developed (Kaccha) road. Then it pan to squatter settlement – that do not allow safe commutation of vehicles and pedestrian.
Camera zooms in and show the children who are standing near the railway track. It zooms out and shows a local train passing by. This shows the unsafe residential status of urban poor mass.
PDO’s ensign is erected on a shanty.
The camera pulls back from shack to show many of these people live in narrow alleys. Two handicapped women are seated on wheelchairs, who also lead life of below poverty line.
Shanties are ruined for the development of footpath.
Shot of Kaccha road, that is going to be constructed for development of people. It stretched from Prakash Nagar to Bandra.
People in the small shack near Police Colony are packing their luggage to leave the premises and resettle in government allocated places.
Pavement Dwellers are getting ready to leave the place.
This particular shack is made of highly flammable plastic. It is dangerous and hazardous too.
A mechanic is repairing Police Van.
Some children from this settlement are also studying in school.
A narrow lane is captured in the pull back shot.
Mohan Chawan, YUVA activist, enters the slums to check the situation and to see everything is going fine or not.
Again the flag of Pavement Dwellers is shown.
A small girl is cooking and preparing some food outside her hut. These people do not even have proper infrastructure. Poor Structural quality of housing, inadequate infrastructure, poor sanitation, inadequate access to water – these are only few problems that they face in their day-to-day life
This road had become narrow as the pavement dwellers are residing in this place.
The recurrence of PDO’s ensign almost everywhere in the settlement shows the importance and value of this organization in their life.
Children from this area are leading a life totally different than children who belong to educated and settled family.
This footpath leads to Bandra. Children are seen on this lane and squatter settlements across the footpath, that is going to be destroyed is seen.
Running shot of narrow alleys provide a tour into the life of the people - their lack of infrastructure, lack of proper disposal of garage that has lead to its accumulation.
Mother is bathing her girl on the footpath itself as they don’t have proper place to bathe.
Back shot of Bandra bridge along with squatter settlement.
Mohan Chawan and PDO activist are on surveillance in Prakash Nagar’s squatter settlement.
Interview with Saraswati bai reveals that they were deprived of the basic identity of any Indian citizen- Ration Card; although they had stayed at Prakash Nagar, Mahim for a long time. She also tells that how YUVA activist supported them for their resettlement. She also speaks about the lack of basic amenities in their life.
Sindu Shinde’s interview also gives an insight about how YUVA activist supported them.