In our last visit to the wasteland off Sukreswar ghat, we observed that the waning water level has expanded the wasteland and made it accessible to the public. A man-made path by the side of the footpath took us to the site. We selected a spot closure to the river where ferries were docked. We tried map the space in terms of the layers of micro-social activities taking place in that place. We took the following notes-
November 10, Thursday, 4 to 5pm -
- A sandbank has emerged with the water level going down.
- Remnants of Chhath festival can be traced- flowers strewn everywhere, earthen glasses, disposable glasses used by the worshipers can be spotted, packets of crackers etc can be found.
- The weather is clear, mild and breezy.
- Labourers from nearby construction sites taking bath in the river.
- Children playing around in the sand.
- Idols of goddess left in the river bank after worshiping.
- Boat men of country made boats are plying boats in the mild winter afternoon.
- Some people are sleeping on the concrete dividers dividing the footpath and wasteland.
- The employees of Inland Water Transport, who usually stay on the government ferries, were present.
- Homeless children playing of the wasteland.
- The dhobis , who do the laundry,are not present.Though ropes tied on bamboo poles for drying clothes can be seen.
- Tourist strolling in the wasteland. Some are taking ferry to the Umananda Temple, situated on a river island in the Brahmaputra.
- Litter and garbage that are thrown into the river, have come to surface due to decrease in water level.
- Temporary bamboo and wooden plank bridges are made on the wasteland for ferry passengers.
- Stray dogs can be seen.
- A homeless man picking up pieces of bamboo from the wasteland.
Images by Tanima Das and Dibasri Mazumdar