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Title: Governance of An Urban River The case of MITHI, a forgotten river in the city
Authors: Tiwari, Anushri
Keywords: School of Habitat Studies
Lalitha Kamath
River’s - Rejuvenation and Restoration
Issue Date: 2019
Abstract: ‘Let us accept nature is a process, that it is interacting, that it responds to laws, representing values and opportunities for human use with certain limitations and even prohibitions to certain of these” (Mcharg, 1992). This dissertation is a study conducted to draw on the Governance of an Urban River, which here is Mithi commonly refer to as a Nallah rather than a river in the city. The study has rigorously and comprehensively looked into the various aspects of urban river which unlike a natural river has a more complex context thus making the act of governance crucial and challenging. The different layers in the system – social, political, economic and ecological all come together to form a narrative for Mithi which here is not a story with a happy end but marked with contestations and struggles where the Forgotten River tries to build an identity in the complex urban space. The Governance plays the key role in allowing and also preventing Mithi to battle the odds of utilitarian values. The perception different agencies and institutions have for the River and their interaction amongst each other results in urban political economy which is based on vested here is the resultant of the vested interest of the few over the grievance of the rest. The only mechanism in this situation that can work for an Urban River is the citizen rising up to the occasion and demanding the experts to change their lens to River’s Rejuvenation and Restoration.
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