We at Samuchit Enviro Tech, Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change (INECC) and Jeevitnadi Living River Foundation are opposing the Riverfront Development plan being enforced by the Pune Municipal Corporation. Since the plan totally disregards river ecology and impacts of climate change we want the project to be cancelled and a genuinely nature-aligned river rejuvenation undertaken in a democratic and transparent manner.
समुचित एन्व्हायरो टेक, इंडियन नेटवर्क ऑन एथिक्स अॅंड क्लायमेट चेंज (आयनेक) आणि जीवितनदी लिव्हिंग रिव्हर फाउंडेशन या सर्व संस्था पुणे मनपा पुढे रेटू पहात असलेल्या नदीकाठ विकास प्रकल्पाला विरोध करत आहेत. या प्रकल्पात नदीची परिसंस्था व जागतिक वातावरण बदलाचे परिणाम यांच्याकडे पूर्णतः दुर्लक्ष केलेले असल्याने हा प्रकल्प रद्द करावा व लोकशाही पध्दतीने व पारदर्शकपणे सच्चे निसर्ग-पूरक असे नदी पुनरुज्जीवन हाती घ्यावे ही आमची मागणी आहे.
Image 3 - Natural Rejuvenation
PMC or Rejuvenation?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! A structured and manicured garden may look good for
a while but will become boring soon. But the wilderness of a natural forest simply lifts your spirit! A beautiful array of built-embankments with artificially carved out spaces for human recreation makes a pleasing image indeed. But then the natural beauty of a meandering free flowing river between naturally wild riverbanks too energizes us! So how do we say what is right and what is wrong??
The real question to ask is not what looks beautiful on paper today but which of these images is
long lasting and sustainable say beyond a decade from now?
Constructed structures are always trying to hold back nature. They need constant service and
maintenance. As the city’s financial fortunes ebb and flow and political priorities swing between
two extremes, the beautifully constructed structures are at a high risk of falling into disrepair in a
decade or so.
Water made artificially still will stagnate and become polluted. Natural constructs on the other hand
are by default aligned with the forces of nature. These ‘greenscapes’ will change too but in harmony
with natural forces. The free-flowing river teeming with natural life will keep on self-cleaning itself.
What the river needs is REMOVAL of human interference rather than excessive heavy-handed
attempts to ‘tame’ it! A free river will endow the settlement on its banks with beauty and serenity,
water and food security, protection from the impacts of climate change, and many more blessings!
So think carefully! What is your choice? PMC’s plan or Ecological Rejuvenation?
For more information and to participate in the movement against the PMC's riverfront development plan, please visit: https://puneriverrevival.com/
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