BNCA organizes Symposium on  ‘Emergency Management through Planning and Design’

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Pune 18 September 2017 : Preparedness rather than reaction is important to mitigate disaster opined various experts. MKSSS’s Dr Bhanuben Nanavati College Of Architecture For Women had organized a symposium on Emergency Management through planning and design . This wasorganized in continuation with Emergency Design Shelter Workshop Series by BNCA under United Nations Academic Impact Program (UNAI)– 2017.

The symposium was addressed by Rajendra Jagtap CEO PSCDCL , Kiran Gite CEO and Metropolitan Commissioner PMRDA, Dr Shibu Mai, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Swati Panhale, GIS expert , R. B. Chaphalkar, Creation Engineering Pvt Ltd, Jayashri Deshpande, IIA, Dr.Parag Mankeekar, Neeti Solutions, Mr.Sanjay Deshpande, Sanjeevani Developers, Mr. Mangesh Kashyap, Ecologist, Mr.Virendra Borade,FSAI, Col. Supnekar ,Disaster Management cell YASHADA, Mr.Sakalkar, CEPL.

The Symposium was organized by Dr Anurag Kashyap, Principal BNCA , Prof. Asmita Joshi, Director UNAI, and Ar.Sujata Kodag. Dr Shubhada Kamlapurkar, Academic Head BNCA and Dr.Vasudha Gokhale, Research Cell Head also addressed in the symposium..

Rajendra Jagtap , CEO PSCDCL said that in order to manage the disasters which may come in future , it was important to have preparedness through proper planning rather than reacting to it . Giving information about the various smart initiatives been undertaken for natural as well as man made disasters like Floods , Fire , Pollution , Climate Change , he said that setting up cells , integrating departments , technology , preparing volunteers in case of emergency and sharing of data are some of things being undertaken which will help mitigate disasters.

Kiran Geete , CEO PMRDA said that nature has gifted us with a lot of resources and we should use them instead of adding something and destroying them. While urban planning it is important to agree that city is not a homogenous economy. We should plan for all strata of the society . Any project that comes up should not only be self sufficient from the infrastructure point of view but also service point of view. PMRDA is formulating plan on these lines. Citing the example of traffic situation in Pune he said that every year 1.5 to 2 lakh people come to Pune. According to a recent report 65% of the growth is happening in PMRDA region . The PMRDA region which covers 7300 Sq km is only next to NCR and Bangalore Mysore development authority . The two ring roads (inner and outer) have been planned and a steering committee has been set up to suggest exit and entry points for smooth flow. Also to make the ring roads work , density of population is important and we plan to have townships along these .

With

3 metro lines and more BRTS the traffic situation in Pune will better managed in next 3-5 years.

Dr Anurag Kashyap said that this symposium as a part UNAI activities by BNCA- UNAI Hub is a brain storming session. Education institutes can be a technical resource for capacity building of various departments and projects. So a Capacity Building Forum is on the cards where students and institute’s participation in urban planning will play an important role.