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Issue No.: 574 | April 2015

Kisan Mehta, R.I.P.


The Passing Away of a Dedicated Environmentalist.  

Shri KisanMehta leading environmentalist, social activist and an active participant in theIndian Freedom struggle passed away on 7 March 2015. He was 91. 

Kisanbhai was imprisoned in the Yervada Central Prison, Pune for eight months for his participation in the freedom movement. He conceived and organized the ‘Himalaya Hamara’ Exhibition in 1963 soon after the 1962 Chinese aggression depicting the importance of the Himalayas to India and its people. The exhibition held in Mumbai was viewed by thousands of people over a period of two months. 

He was a Municipal Councillor in the Muncipal Corporation of Greater Bombay, and served as Chairman of the BEST Undertaking. He evolved an "Electric Supply to Slums Scheme” for providing electric supply to slums and implemented the scheme throughout Bombay despite formidable government opposition and the existence of a retrograde law. Inaugurated on 15 August 1971 in the Dharavi slums, this unusual project has since been implemented in unauthorized slums by local authorities throughout the country bringing about a quantum transformation in the quality of life of slum dwellers.

Kisan Mehta resigned from active politics and personal private business in 1977 and devoted himself to the protection of the environment and conserving the country’s finite natural resources, He founded the Save Bombay Committee (SBC) in 1973 and Prakruti in 1988 as public trusts. The SBC works in the area of urban and regional planning and development to ensure equal opportunity for improving the quality of life to all citizens. 

The Maharashtra Urban Areas Preservation and Protection of Trees Act, 1975 came about following his initiative. He visited the USA, Europe, Russia, Asian and Latin American Countries, participating and presenting technical papers on urban issues, public health and waste management, and sustainable agriculture.






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