Reviving and Nurturing Water EcoSystems

Water Ecologies and Urban Edges

Sea of people march for Dahisar River

Hospital linen washed in gutter water-4000 clothes being washed daily in open air laundry.

Renewed vigour to cleanse Dahisar River water

Sr citizen shows the way: 19-yr-old fight for revival of Dahisar river

Save River Campaign- River March by Environment loving Mumbaiites- Pledge to clean Rivers

Sea of Humanity cleans water fronts

Hospital uniforms being washed in sewer water!

Hospital linen washed in reservoir of disease?

Team & Collaborators

Kimaya Keluskar

She holds a B-arch degree in Architecture from Kamla Raheja Vidhyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental studies (KRVIA), Mumbai, 2006. She was awarded Mumbai University gold medal for her Thesis and KRVIA gold medal for Academic excellence. She attained MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering from Bartlett School for Graduate studies, University College London in 2009. Her MSc thesis is published in Consultation on School Carbon Management plan, UCL Evidence prepared for CIBSE (Standard Institution for Building services and Engineers, 2009. She teaches at KRVIA and is practising as Architect and Environmental/Sustainability consultant for Architectural and Research projects.

Ajay Nayak

He is an architect involved in design media, practice and academia. He was the Managing Editor of Indian Architect & Builder magazine from May 1999 to May 2012. Currently he is a guest writer with Domus India, Locator Anniversary edition and other media portals. He is a visiting faculty at Sir JJ College of Architecture and BSSA (NM). Besides a personal architecture and design practice he runs the Social Studio that is a collaborative effort of AEC (Architecture, Engineer, and Construction) Industry CSR and academia to offer socially responsive design and management to deficient environments.

Vikram Pawar

M Arch (Urban Conservation), BSc (Microbiology), founded STUDIO “Architecture”- an Architecture, Interior & Environment design practice in 2003 along with wife Mahima. He is a faculty at KRVIA, Juhu. He has keen interest in Eco- Habitats and their relationship with Urban Centers. In his M Arch thesis “Draft Action Plan for Integrated Development of Pilgrim Town of Jejuri” he noted the erstwhile state ruler’s appreciation and development of water systems and its efficient interweave with the cultural matrix. He also authored a document for CHF International –“Participatory In-situ Slum Rehab- two case studies (in Pune and Nagpur)”.

InHAF : India Habitat Forum, an internationally acknowledged organisation are principal supporters of our approach having mentored Water Environs. Rivers is one of their five focus areas of work.

River March (A collective of Community representatives) and water environs relation:Right at the inception, our approach was to engage with the community and build a participatory process to achieve our objectives for the river. Based on its strength “Water Environs” has taken the responsibility of providing technical support to the “River March”. This would include research and documentation; communication on behalf of “River March” and along with their office bearers with various experts as also facilitating awareness of case studies and solutions available globally along with the experts engaged in similar approach. River March itself is a citizens group comprising of volunteers of various age groups and varied backgrounds and who are actively involved in galvanizing support from communities, municipal authorities, local politicians and citizen group leaders and other local NGO’s.

Individuals associated in the development of this approach:

Sangeetha Solanki; Priyadarshi Shrivastav; Luise Haufe; Rohit Gharat, Arijit Sen, XCOOP, Henrik Valeur

Other Partner Organisations/ Groups supporting this approach:

  • Maharashtra Nature park, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)
  • SPROUTS, FYI, HT Clean My Mumbai, NSS,
  • THAC, XCOOP (Netherlands)
  • Neo- Gandhian, Baghban Foundation

Contact us

Vikram Pawar, Pawar cottage, pandit solicitor road, baba ramdev temple compound,
opp elephanta building, malad east, mumbai -400097.

Landmark: Heera (diamond) market)


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