From PVR Phoenix on 10 Oct 2017 at 16:55
Duration: 01:04:49; Aspect Ratio: 1.778:1; Hue: 139.201; Saturation: 0.014; Lightness: 0.452; Cuts per Minute: 1.527
Summary: NVR footage from CCTV Landscape from Lower Parel.
The word kamra and camera have the same root. A camera is just a room with a hole in it. Small people inside this room can see an image of the great outdoors, without themselves being seen. This experience, of watching without being watched, is at the very heart of cinema.
These days, it is more difficult to achieve, since there are reportedly more cameras than people in the world. Yet, we can stage such an experience, from inside a dark cinema hall in the heart of the city.
In around 1880, a series of hot-air balloon ascents took place in Parel. For the first time, Bombay could be seen from above, by a creature that was not a bird. Through the long 20th century, the chimneys of the Bombay mills tried to expel the fumes of wood and coal, labour and land-based struggles, into the faraway atmosphere. Today, we find ourselves floating above the chimneys in the overloaded vertical matrix that is Parel, surrounded by remnants and restaurants, swimming pools and waterlogged streets, memories and birds, songs and construction sites, dreams and fears.
Maybe the true destiny of CCTV is to make us secretly intimate with each other and our surroundings.
over head crane
pan right to left
podium swimming pool
The glass facade building was earlier the Piramal Spinning and Weaving Mill. The seven acre mill plot was bought over by Marathon Developers from Mohal Lal Piramal in the year 2000 and developed into mixed use buildings containing Marathon Era-the residential tower, Marathon ERA and Marathon Innova as the commercial wing and IT park. As part of the Mill land re-development a part of the mill plot(yellow building in the left corner of the screen) has been used for housing the mill workers. A single tower has been constructed containing 236 tenements of the size 225 sq.ft. Out of the total of the 7 acre plot, 1424 sq mts of land has been used for mill workers housing. The lottery for the same was done in the year 2012 and workers shifted there in 2014.
New Islam Mill
One Avighna Park
One Avighna Park, was the Albert Mill; the first Spinning Mill in Parel set up in the year 1867 and its promoter was Cassumbhoy Dharamsey. In 1883 it was taken over by Premchand Roychand and named as Parel Mills. It changed many hands as well as names and became New Islam Mills in 1903. It was functional till the year 1935 after which it was shut down and was being used as paper warehouse.
In the year 2006, the 6.5 acre Mill Land was bought by Nish Developers for re-development. This includes six 23 storied towers for rehabilitating 650 tenants and 60 storied tower.
In the year 2016 a RTI activist Vinod Mohanlal Jain, a Dadar resident alleged an Rs 2,000-crore fraud, claiming that the builder, in nexus with a few BMC officials, forged documents to procure additional FSI. Subsequently the Bandra Court ordered registration of a FIR as the developer managed to get 9.68 lakh sqft of development rights from Mhada though rules permitted only 3.22 lakh sq ft.
In the complaint Jain alleged that M/s Nish Developers and Associates, which had taken the New Islam Mill-Haji Qasam Chawl under Urban Develoment Scheme (Cluster), showed that 46 Non Cess galas existed at the said land since before 1969, and tampered and submitted forged maps in the City Survey Land Record Department, and in the year 2009 applied for permission for redevelopment. The officials at the concerned department allegedly helped the developer by approving the forged maps and documents as true copy.