As a prelude to the inauguration of Pune Chapter, a conference was organized with the help of Janwani, a programme of the MCCIA on the proposed Metro Rail for Pune. Several presentations and alternative suggestions were made by members as well as other experts on the Metro. The lead was taken by IUDI member Mr. Prasanna Desai who made presentations and a study model by the students of the PVP College of Architecture was displayed. Senior Urban Designer from Delhi, MrKuldip Singh briefed the members on the chapter about the Metro Rail Projects across the country and his views on the Pune Metro on April 13, 2010. A delegation of IUDI together with the Pune Technical Coalition (A conglomeration of architects, engineers, interior designers, planners from the city) met the Member of Parliament Mr. PrakashJavdekar at his residence to brief him about the Metro proposals on April 5 2010. Meetings were held with the Mayor Mr. MohansinghRajpal and MLA Mrs. VandanaChavan to brief them about IUDI’s opinions on the Pune Metro. A protest rally was held on the JangliMaharaj Road on May 2, 2010 against the Pune Municipal Corporation’s version of the Metro in which many IUDI members actively participated. Members of IUDI participated and gave valuable suggestions on the meet organized by the Janwani for the Pune Biodiversity Parks on July 15, 2010. MrArunFodiya, Mr. B G Deshmukh and Mr. Mohan Dharia were present as members. A half page article written in Marathi by IUDI Member Ms. Anjali Kalamdani was published in Loksatta of March 7, 2010 to inform the general public about the fi eld and work of Urban Designers to increase awareness.