Pune Based Architect’s Research Published in International Journal

Pune: In a recent research paper published in the ‘International Journal of Creative Research Thoughts’, Architect Ashish Kelkar sheds light on the critical need for policies to safeguard urban open spaces, particularly in metro cities like Mumbai. With over 22 years of experience in architecture and urban planning, Kelkar’s paper emphasizes the growing scarcity of quality open spaces, which disproportionately affects the underprivileged sections of society.

Kelkar’s findings underscore the urgent requirement for broader and more innovative strategies in urban development, advocating for the simultaneous growth of smart villages alongside smart cities. He argues that reliance on small-scale improvement policies at the city level is insufficient to address the root causes of environmental degradation and housing shortages in urban areas. Drawing inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of self-sufficiency, Kelkar suggests empowering rural communities with essential infrastructure, amenities, and employment opportunities to curb migration from rural to urban areas.

Highlighting Mumbai as a case study, Kelkar’s research reveals alarming statistics regarding the decline of green cover and the rapid expansion of built-up areas over the past few decades. The loss of vegetation coupled with urban sprawl has led to a decrease in per capita urban open space, exacerbating issues such as poor air quality and inadequate waste management.

Kelkar’s paper serves as a clarion call for policymakers to rethink existing approaches to urban planning and prioritize the protection of open spaces. By adopting holistic strategies that bridge the rural-urban divide, cities can strive towards sustainability and inclusivity, ensuring a healthier and more equitable future for all residents.