Chinar Mehta, Harikrishnan HG, Pallavi Khare, Yogiraj Bhende
Duration: 15 mins
The film begins by introducing Anita Dole, a resident at the Mahul slum rehabilitation buildings and an activist associated with Medha Patkar’s ‘Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao’ movement, a campaign to ensure proper rehabilitation to the displaced poor. Ms Dole offers an brief overview of the rehabilitation project and some of the health concerns faced by its residents. As the film progresses, more residents are introduced and reveal the hazards they face and the afflictions they developed as a result of the unsanitary living conditions in the buildings. Poor water and air quality have led to severe illnesses among residents, including tuberculosis, pneumonia, and even cancer. These anxieties were heightened by the explosion at the BPCL refinery in August, which left 43 people injured. While the government has currently stopped relocating residents to Mahul, those who already live here continue to struggle. But in early 2017, a group led by Ms Dole began a campaign to be relocated to areas with better living conditions. This campaign, which initially began with 30 residents has now become a part of activist Medha Patkar’s nationwide ‘Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao’ movement.