Alley no.1.. near Bachu Seth Ki Wadi of Kamathipura witnessing the systematic attack of real estate transformation. The entire district en-mas to about 40 acre & has history dated back to Britisher time when they developed port trust. The red district may soon become the blue collar district. The transformation of precious precinct is inevitable due to its proximity to city center.
The organized acquisition of important building and trading them at higher value for cluster development is a known event in inner city. The relocation policy after promises and acquisition is haphazard as much as illogical. They are relocated in distant district of Vikhroli; Mankhurd & Nalasopara. Its needless to say the nature of economic activity that may occur in due course.
Pila House/ Foras Road/ Eight cinemas were ready to entertain the certain segment or class of people. The book written by lady photographer “MARY ALLEN MARK” on Folkland Road is a historical testimony of the night life that once existed in the district. The book elaborates the life style that existed in small room/ small alley & dragging into the public realm. The shops are already transformed into showrooms & restaurants.
The redevelopment has symbiotic relation to rehabilitation.The rising trend of acquisition and transformation is perhaps the alarming bell for the lives that existed once in their little world. It reminds me of the song by ROD STEWART “Down Town Train”. describing the Brooklyn Girls standing on doorways trying to impress but will never win you by.