The design was a public service project to demonstrate a pilot landscape initiative on a small part of otherwise, a large lake named Rabindra Sarobar at Kolkata, India. The lake plaza was designed for an area spanning about 25,000 sq. mts. as a pilot project, which had to be further extended by the government. This being an ecological reserve it was imperative to develop an idea that was sustainable. The focus was to sensitively design a park with the use of natural and re-usable locally available materials, enhance the recreational areas, and provide manifold options for the young and old to sit, relax, play and be one with nature.
At the symposium for the 2035 Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA) perspective plan, an agenda was set for a more holistic development plan, decision makers and planning professionals from Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata urged KMDA to look at the planning process afresh and take a bold approach even if it didn’t fit into the eco-political context of the day. At the end of the daylong deliberation, KMDA chief executive Vivek Bharadwaj was convinced that economy, ecology and governance needed to be embraced for Kolkata to emerge as a metropolis with global aspirations.
The Capital has failed to show the way as Delhi is lagging way behind other metros when it comes to execution of path-breaking reforms under Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), aimed at revamping infrastructure and urban governance in cities.
Delhi does figure along with 47 cities, including Chennai, Kolkata and Greater Mumbai, in undertaking revision of building bye-laws for mandatory rainwater harvesting in all buildings. Mumbai, facing huge water crisis specially in summers, has failed to meet this important reform condition.