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The people working on the urban transport activities in Parisar are:

Sujit Patwardhan: Sujit Patwardhan is a Graphic Designer and Printer by profession and a founder member and Trustee of Parisar since its inception in 1982. He has driven Parisar’s efforts to bring issues of environment centre-stage -through citizens’ campaigns, collaborative activism with other like minded organizations and advocacy efforts to highlight the need to ensure industrial and urban development does not lead to damage and destruction of the environment.

He has served on several important committees such as – Maharashtra State Environment Protection Committee, High Court Committee for overseeing building permissions granted in Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar Panchgani Regional Planning Board, Urban Heritage Committee of PMC (Pune Municipal Corporation), Development Plan Steering Committee for PMC etc.

Since the mid-1990s he has concentrated on advocacy for Sustainable Urban Transport Policy.



Ranjit Gadgil: Ranjit graduated from IIT Kanpur with a Masters in Physics before going toRanjit Gadgil Cornell University for further studies. He then worked as an IT consultant for 7 years before returning to India in pursuit of something more meaningful.

He has been associated with several NGOs gaining experience in various sectors. Ranjit served as Programme Director of Janwani, an initiative of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture where he launched several urban governance projects. He worked briefly with an international foundation as their transport programme officer. He was the Lead India finalist from Pune. Ranjit's current interest is non-motorized transport.


Shweta Vernekar: Shweta has always been interested in the social sector, and started off with education for the children with special needs as well as socially deprived children.

She began in Parisar as an intern, and is now engaged in activities promoting awareness in various groups about the role of cycling and sustainable urban transport in the city, along with her studies. She has graduated with Psychology Majors and is currently pursuing the Civil Service Examinations as well as Post Graduation in Political Science.



Surendra Nayak: Surendra Nayak has a Bachelor degree in Commerce and Diploma in Import/Export Management. He worked as a manager in one of India’s leading hospitality groups and looked after the logistics of import/export and warehousing prior to retirement.After a long innings in the corporate world, he wanted to devote some time to the social sector and joined Parisar in May 2010. At Parisar, he takes care of the office administration and accounts.





Apart from these, Parisar also receives interns for specific time periods and projects throughout the year. Information about all the interns we have had so far can be found here.

Also, Parisar has had some employees before who can be found on this page.

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