Talk Program

22 Apr, 2017 | 02: PM to 04:00 PM | Nepal GIS Society Training Hall, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur

Water Security in Patan By Olivia Molden, M.A. Geography, University of Oregon, omolden@uoregon.edu

Abstract:
This paper presents research findings on the role of ancient infrastructure in urban development. Drawing on survey findings, interviews, archival materials, and spatial data, we argue that Kathmandu’s ancient stone spout infrastructure are a vital source of water and help reduce water stress. To visualize spatial patterns of spout infrastructure, we present a map showing distribution and June discharge of Lalitpur Metropolitan area’s stone spouts. While
this paper focuses heavily on the functional aspects of nfrastructure, it is crucial to note that cultural and social values from spouts cannot be divorced from their hydrological and archaeological aspects. Already existing infrastructure, like spouts, need more attention from governmental and non-governmental sources as legitimate modes of development and water sources. Spatial analyses and mapping techniques of infrastructure in Kathmandu, beyond modern grids of electricity, sewage, and water, can be a pivotal tool to improve equitable access to services.

Key words: infrastructure, cultural heritage, water stress, urban development

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