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Reviving Urban Lakes: Smart Pathways for Cities

October 4, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai

Bellandur lake, Bengaluru's largest body of water, burned for hours on the evening of February 16, 2017.
Photo: Debasish Ghosh/The Guardian

Illegal waste disposal, rapid urbanization, and uncoordinated governance mechanisms have posed severe challenges for Bengaluru, a metropolis once described as the 'city of lakes.'
As part of its ongoing Groundwater Series, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai invites you to a lecture and discussion by Dr. Veena Srinivasan, a Fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), who will present her research on Bengaluru’s lake systems. Her lecture will point to ways in which the smart management of the city's lakes could pave the way for transitioning to a 'circular water economy,' which can integrate storm water, groundwater, piped water and wastewater management. The case of Bengaluru will also offer insights into managing lakes and urban water shortages in Mumbai and other Indian cities.

The lecture will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Urjit A. Yajnik, Institute Chair Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay, who played a key role in IIT Bombay’s Class of 1980 ‘Revitalization of Powai Lake’ initiative.

About the Speaker

Veena Sreenivasan

Dr. Veena Srinivasan is a Fellow at ATREE in Bengaluru, where she leads the Water, Land and Society program. Her research aims to inform sustainable and equitable water management policies and practices. Dr. Srinivasan received her PhD from Stanford University’s Emmet Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources on urban water supply in Chennai using hydro-economic modelling.