Water conservation NGOs in Pune have come together to form a Pune river
parliament, which will act as a united pressure group on the central and state
governments regarding issues related to river pollution.
The parliament has been named as Punya Nadi Sansad (pious river parliament),
as Pune is also called as Punya Nagari. The 25-member parliament will be headed
by Gomukh Environmental Trust chairman Vijay Paranjpye. His name was proposed by
Maharashtra Organic Farming Federation chairman Vikram Bokey.
"Members of this parliament will be responsible for protecting the
rights and access to water of all riparian population downstream and the rights
of the river and its riverine system," Paranjpye said.