River Yamuna enters Delhi at its northern border with the state of Haryana. The location of entry is known as Palla. The river flows 48 kilometres in Delhi before leaving from the southern border at Okhla barrage. First 26 km of river’s flow in the city-state are unobstructed, free from pollution too. Wazirabad barrage is the first obstruction to flow of the river in the city, it is also a major catchment for municipal supply within the city. Further 22 km flow of Yamuna in Delhi is impeded by urban activities including extensive bridging of the flood plain, discharge of treated and untreated sewerage flows.Continue reading “Bridges Over Yamuna in Delhi”
To Tree Or Not To Tree
Note: There are many instances where design appears to fail, where people through their use or behaviour subvert or reject design intentions, in the public realm that remains in plain sight and goes unnoticed by most of us in everyday life. This study revolves around and maps out instances where trees become the anchor point to interpret the correlation between the design intentions and behaviour of various users of public spaces. The study focused on the 3 km stretch from University Road to Navrangpura Gam in Ahmedabad.
Trees in the city play an important role, they are widely distributed from the middle of the road, on the pavement, in between the boundary walls. They are living landmarks that define space, contribute to air quality, and connect us to nature. Despite their ubiquity, most of us take trees for granted and know little of their civic virtues. The photo essay looks at the problems and possibilities of the trees in structuring the public realm of a street. In what way they are considered a liability by the designer while an opportunity, to inhabit, appropriate and exploit spaces they create, by the users in various ways. Continue reading “To Tree Or Not To Tree”
Chandlai Lake – An Urban Hope
The beautiful Chandlai lake is located on urban-rural fringe of Jaipur. It appears to view after 1-2 km drive on taking right detour from Shivdaspura village on Jaipur-Tonk road. As one approaches the lake, there is a decline in temperature and increasing sensation of cold. In the haze of winter mornings the horizon looks lost beyond the Lake Island, which falls midway between the waters giving illusion of an endless sea. Looking at the lost horizon one feels like going out on a boar to explore and search it down. Continue reading “Chandlai Lake – An Urban Hope”
Necessity, Encroachment or Sustainability?
Encroachment? Walking through the Lal Kuan locality on Delhi-Faridabad border, one confronts the sharp line of division between natural, necessary and encroachment. The informal housing as well as new planned development is taking up spaces abandoned after closure of mining activities. People taking up the land are building to sustain their lives but are essentially developing by altering the natural terrain composed of Aravali hills. Such urban edges give a glimpse into challenges of walking the tight rope of urbanisation. #informal #housing #sustainable #development #encroachment #urban #urbanprecis #stone #expansion #village #India #urbanisation Photo – Manik Doomra (@manikdoomra)
Parking Hazard – Carpocalypse has reached catastrophic proportions. Cars have continued to proliferate the planet and we have seen extreme congestions in urban areas. In cities like Delhi, India lack of comprehensive policies related to transport management and further poor implementation of road laws has led to regular ignorance of even basics like proper parking. Avoidance of no parking notices, shoddy parking practices are viral and can be seen even in well planned and managed areas of the capital city. For more visit our website #urbanissues # parking #transport #pollution #cars #socialproblems #transport #management #levelcrossing #population #inclusive #development #urban #urbanprecis #abstract #journalism #discussion #environment #habitat #urbanism #polution #infrastructure #city #udaipur #india Photo – Manik Doomra (@manikdoomra)