Taming Streets: Design, Deliberation and Delivery in Indian Cities


Parisar, in collaboration with Centre for Environment Education and Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (Western Perth, Australia) has been a part of a sustained initiative for designing streets in a democratic, participative way in Pune. The film documents this process of designing streets through deliberation in Dattawadi are a of Pune, along with a similar such exercise in Bangalore.



NGOs slam PMPML for delay in making a Business Plan

Despite receiving Rs 2 crores from the Pune Municipal Corporation specifically for this purpose more than 2 years ago, PMPML has failed to prepare a Business Plan. The Business Plan is supposed to have a long-term strategy, vision and goals, made with inputs from the public. It will also define the detailed roadmap of how to achieve these goals, determine the resources that will be required to implement the plan and how to improve the financial health of the company.

Programme Director Ranjit Gadgil selected on the Ghole Road Ward Committee as a civil society representative

The 74th Amendment to our Indian Constitution made in 1992 was a milestone in empowering urban local bodies, redefining their roles, powers and functions. Among other things this Act calls for devolution of functional and financial powers to local governments, along with more participation from citizens in planning, with a special emphasis on including women and weaker sections of the society.

Parking as a Travel Demand Management Strategy to encourage Public Transport


It is evident that with the escalation in population and growth in vehicles, the claim for parking spaces, usually at “no cost” has resulted in high volume of private vehicles on urban roads.

Parisar opposes PMC proposal to axe 108 trees for road widening

The Pune Municipal Corporation Road Dept. has proposed to axe 108 trees near the University Gate to widen the road in an effort to reduce the growing congestion at this junction. This proposal has been quickly approved by the Pune Tree Authority, the body created under the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act, 1975.  

Parisar has strongly objected to this proposal for several reasons.

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