Khushboo Prashant


From Utility to Equity

Pariej located in Southern tip of Kheda district is part of eight important wetlands of Gujarat. It is an irrigation as well as drinking water reservoir supplying to 52 villages around. Covering an area of five square kilometre, Pariej is used as steeping stone by migratory birds flying through Central Asia fly way. Due to wide embankment and anthropogenic pressure like agriculture, the reservoir lacks natural edge as well as tree cover for nesting and roosting which is crucial for wetland ecology. The main aim is to enhance the biodiversity by identifying potential grounds within the reservoir as well as beyond. Being part of Bhal region, the reservoir is surrounded by multiple patches of saline ingrained land which is seasonally inundated. Currently a no man’s land, these areas could act as an extension to providing ideal habitat for avi-fauna species. This extension caters to not just avi-fauna species but even other aquatic and terrestrial fauna species. Thus the title from utility to Equity justifies the process of restoration and enhancing ecology of Pariej as a wetland system and not just as reservoir.             

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Mapping and site ecology | Locating Pariej in relation to other major city and hotspots like Thol and Nal sarovar.

Site Analysis | Studying elevation pattern, hydrology movement, occurrence of degraded land and settlement pattern around reservoir.

Sectional Analysis | Analysing existing edge condition.

Species habitat study | Identifying ideal habitat requirement for avi-fauna and aquatic species.

Ideal edge condition | Studying wetland's food web and its relation to edges.

Design exploration | Conceptual design analysis and site eco-zoning

Design intervention | Identifying potential grounds for design intervention.

Detail C Analysis | Deconstruction of temple wetland located on southern edge of reservoir.

Detail D Analysis | Tourism centre and experiential trail.

Inference | Pariej wetland as an equity.