An Overview :
PEATA has come to the age of youth on completion
of 37 years of its inception.
All great institutions have humble beginning.
During years 1962 to 1965 architects whenever they met in Municipal
offices at V. T., Bandra or at Ghatkopar, they used to talk
about their grievances. There is nothing new about it. It is
today's phenomenon too. But the murmur then was different. Circulars
were confidential. Architects were suddenly confronted with
faith accompli "Sorry, now Commissioner has instructed
not to approve any plans in the wards". Some influential
could get through but rest were left high and dry. They were
flabbergasted. In those circumstances several young architects
contemplated the positive actions and approach. Sarvashri H.
G. Malkani, Rajani Shah, G. L. Raheja, Late Shri. Sanghoi, Shri.
S. S. Bhawani were some of these young architects took initiative
with many others.
All these talks efforts culminated in the
meetings of the architects and engineers on 4th and 25th September
1965 at Radio Club attended by nearly 70 architects. The guild
was born. The idea of inter disciplinary co-ordination and common
platform caught up the imagination of profession though each
discipline had their national institution catering to general
interest. Name was given, first executive committee formed,
constitution drafted, approved and submitted for registration
which was granted on 29.3.'66. it was an unique effort to bring
several complementary and supplementary disciplines under an
single umbrella in order to cater to their day to day needs.
Initial response was guarded, are they fault
finders? - thought few in public and government offices. But
with our sincere, rational and amicable approach authorities
started looking us as friends, so much so that then city engineer
Shri. V. D. Desai in fact blessed us and at time guided us.
This as followed by all successors like Shri. Patwardhan and
Shri. P. M. Kale. Thus we grew faster.
In early period from 1965 to 1980 P. E. A.
T. A. dealt with question of uniform policies to stop internal
bickering, pointing ambiguity, seeking clarifications. Circulars
were issued for clarification and city Engineer earned the nick
name jocularly as Circular Engineer.
Side by side the efforts of continuing education
by means of work shops, seminars, symposiums, study tour being
integral part of activities of any professional body were
carried out wherever possible jointly with other like minded
Till 1981 PEATA was following the policy
of request, representation and persuasion. In 1976 Urban Land
(Ceiling & Regulation) Act was passed. Its effect was
not felt till 1980 due to works in pipe line. But the pinch
was felt thereafter which created heart burning. The resentment
started building up. There was no alternative, but to follow
insistence on authorities to act as per law.
Since the PEATA has been in the forefront
to safeguard the interest of practicing professionals in its
own way starting with requests, persuasion and insistence
from authorities as well as fraternity. The norms, conventions,
and experience of hundreds of representations, discussions,
negotiations, workshops, seminars and recommendation have
enriched the association with experience and expertise which
is unique. It has not remained silent spectator but has initiated
legal actions when deemed fit.
By and large, a niche is created in the hearts
of professionals and bureaucrats at local state and national
level that there is an Association with mature and rational
approach, which can be relied upon to give correct assessment
of the policies and its effect.
After all, an association comprises of the
persons. Buts its continuity of approach and actions have
been the same taking one step at a time steadily and firmly
in the envisaged direction. It is due to happy blending of
old stalwarts mixed with new blood giving the experience and
direction to others to continue the onerous tasks.
The country attained freedom. In the forefront
of the freedom struggle were the lawyers. This was the requirement
of this time. Now it is imperative to attend economic and
social freedom, which requires overall development. This calls
for united efforts of all technocrats and the need of the
hour is that they should come in the forefront. PEATA strives
to put in its humble share for the same and its activities
are planned accordingly.