Keeping Heads Above Water: The Challenges of Land Appropriation and Environmental Degradation faced by Pune’s Rivers

This is the fourth report from our Nagar Nadi Fellowship Report Series and explores the state of the Mula, Mutha, and Mula-Mutha rivers in Pune. It is written by Chayanika Iyer, who has been working at different intersections of culture, gender, resistance, art and space, through different platforms since 2018. They are currently a research associate at People’s Resource Centre, Delhi.

To encourage more in-depth data collection and research on upcoming and ongoing riverfront development projects in cities across India, People’s Resource Centre started the Nagar-Nadi Fellowship – which sought to improve the understanding of the current state of urban stretches of rivers in India. Through this research, we hope to initiate more informed discussion on the ongoing and upcoming infrastructural developments on urban rivers and bring attention to more ecological and socially just approaches to better manage the river-city relationship.

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