The River and the City: Calcutta Perspective (1998)

The Ganga flows along the edge of Calcutta not only as a silent witness to the chequered history of the city, but also as its very lifeline. The city lives off the river.

In spite of our absolute dependence on its bounty, city-dwellers tend to show little gratitude. The outcome of this insensitivity has been that today both the city and the river of the poet’s fancy, the common man’s daily concern and the academic’s interest are in crisis.

river-and-cityDrawing attention to the alarming magnitude of the problem, SEI organized the seminar on The River and the City on 17 March, 1998, with an eye towards evolving a meaningful policy and recommendation for improvement of both the river and the city.

The seminar brought together concerned academics, technocrats and policymakers from relevant government departments in order to inspire viable suggestions for resurgence.

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