About Us

Parisar managing committee

Parisar is a civil society organization working on lobbying and advocacy for sustainable development. Since its formation in the early 1980s, Parisar has worked in a diverse set of fields such as preservation of heritage, protection of urban bio-diversity, and sustainable agriculture. Since about the turn of the 21st century, its work focuses mainly on sustainable urban transport, since it recognizes that unsustainable transport policies and systems are the foremost threat to urban environment and quality of life. Details of Parisar's past and on-going work in urban transport can be found elsewhere on the site. Some examples of Parisar's campaigns and programs in the other areas are given below:

  1. Strengthening the Tree Act: Parisar was instrumental in getting the Pune Municipal Corporation to formulate by-laws to the Tree Act that gave it teeth and ensured that citizen activities were part of the Pune Tree Authority, a statutory body responsible for the protection of trees in the city.
  2. Protecting urban heritage: Parisar was actively involved in mobilizing citizens groups and the media against a proposal to construct a new building opposite the Victorian structure that serves as the main building of Pune University. This mobilization helped convince the then Governor of Maharashtra, Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Idris Latif, that the heritage structure would be spoilt by construction of the new building.
  3. Protecting urban environment: Parisar led the campaign to save the Model Colony quarry lake which was threatened by a proposal to construct a four-star hotel. Parisar's representations and legal interventions helped in saving the lake, which is now one of the more popular public spaces in the city. 
  4. Protecting urban bio-diversity: Parisar was part of the coalition of citizens' groups that opposed the plans to allow construction on the hills surrounding Pune, and instead getting them to be declared as bio-diversity parks - thus protecting them from further encroachment.