Vijay Paranjpye will speak on waterscapes in urban areas and how a city can use public open spaces for multiple functions. The focus will be on Pune and its challenges.
Waterscapes in Pune form an intrinsic part of the city fabric. Urban open spaces could be open chowks in traditional residential spaces, riverside areas, cross roads, parks, and so on. These spaces contribute to the sense of history, cultural diversity, and aesthetics, and in doing so, they make our cities livable and sustainable. The need of the hour is to save our open spaces from becoming land parcels for exploitation. It is to save the loss of an important piece of our civilization.
In co-operation with Intach (Pune chapter).
Professor Vijay Paranjpye has taught developmental economics since 1971. He has also taught Environmental Science at the University of Pune. His main area of research is the impact of large infrastructure dams, and special area planning of Protected Area (PAs) He has authored several research papers on river basin management, water policy reforms as well as books on the subject special area planning of protected areas. He was invited for a special hearing and deposition by the US Congress in Washington where his book "High Dams on Narmada" was taken as evidence in the deliberations.
Currently, he is the Chairman of Gomukh Environmental Trust for Sustainable Development, Pune which has taken the task of preparing the Wainganga integrated river basin development and management master plan. He is also a member of the expert committee on interlinking of rivers, the National Water Development Agency (NWDA), and the ministry of Water Resources, Government of India.