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Waterscapes and the Non-Formal Use of Urban Spaces

PUNE12 Jan 2013

Venue Cultural Pavilion, Deccan College Ground, Deccan College Road, Yerawada
Opening Time6:00 PM
Entry All are welcome!
Talk by Vijay Paranjpye
Pune is one of the oldest cities in the country, one which has grown exponentially in the past few years. The unprecedented growth has changed the definition and use of the urban spaces in and around Pune.

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).
Information about the Speaker

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.

Website: Intach