Appointment: 07 – 20 September 2021
Course duration: Fourteen days (16 hours)
Learning platforms: Moodle and Zoom

The Water and Waste School in partnership with the National Mission for a Clean Ganges (NMCG) organized an online training program on water-sensitive urban design and planning from September 7 to 20, 2021. The training was aimed at building the capacity of state/municipal officials and other sectors. actors involved in urban planning and the development of urban infrastructure. this series of initiatives – webinars, training workshops (online and residential), field exposure tours, knowledge conclaves aimed at engaging over 1,300 state/municipal officials and other industry stakeholders.

The training received an overwhelming response with over 150 participants registered during the course from 12 states (including 11 states in the Ganges Basin and Maharashtra), including State Program Management Groups (SPMG), Planners (Urban /regional/environment), engineers, co-directors and deputy directors of land-use planning departments and heads of town-planning authorities.

The training module has been prepared based on the basics needs assessment recognize the level of understanding of the course. This online training was divided into 2 modules spread over two weeks (14 days). The reading material was uploaded to the online course platform moodle for the participants. The course methodology included a hybrid active learning format of a total of 16 hours; 8 hours of essential moodle readings and 8 hours of live virtual sessions. The program was based on state-of-the-art teaching and learning tools including interactive sessions, essential and desirable reading material, presentations, quizzes, documentaries, experiential learning using detailed case studies, online forum discussions and group work. A total of seven interactive online sessions have been planned to develop an in-depth understanding of the WSUDP approach and tools through interactions and exercises. The sessions were led by both in-house experts and eminent guest speakers with experience in the same field.

Part 1: Context, concept and importance of the WSUDP (07-14 September 2021), of the online training began with a live virtual inaugural and kick-off event on September 7, 2021 to set the context for the training to welcome all participants. During the virtual launch event, the Center for Science and Environment (CSE), in partnership with the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India, released a report titled “Roadmap for Implementing Water Sensitive Design”. and Planning (WSUDP) in Uttar Pradesh: Stormwater Harvesting in Parks and Open Spaces’. The CSE report showcased the potential of WSUDP in selected cities in Uttar Pradesh – Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, Prayagraj and Moradabad – with a focus on rainwater harvesting in public spaces. The report provides a brief overview of the Ganges basin with respect to urban water management; and focuses on the five cities located on the banks of the Ganges and its tributaries. Cities face complex problems related to urban flooding, overexploitation of groundwater resources and encroachment of water bodies. They are also part of the national flagship programs of AMRUT and Smart Cities, which provide an opportunity to integrate WSUDP in these cities.

The inaugural session was delivered by Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Managing Director, NMCG. Mr. Mishra explained how the Namami Gange mission has evolved from a river clean-up project to a holistic river rejuvenation mission and also pointed out that WSUDP is one of the main focus areas of the mission. Namami Gange.Rajiv Ranjan Mishra also pointed out that it is time to remind urban planners and urban managers that if the city is to survive and thrive, they must focus on urban water bodies.

The session was also addressed by Suresh Kumar Rohilla, Senior Director, Urban Water Program, where he spoke about the major issues and challenges of the Ganges Basin. “The urban built-up area has increased by approximately 44% between now and 2005-2006. Dr Rohilla also said increased construction has widened the gap between water demand and supply, leading to overexploitation of river reaches and aquifers and the deterioration and encroachment of urban lakes and ponds. . And explaining the issues and challenges, he summarized that in such a scenario, cities need a water-sensitive approach.

The first module of the training aimed to establish the need for water-sensitive design and how it differs from conventional water management solutions in cities. This module also included an analysis of the WSUDP at different scales of intervention to execute designs at the site level. As part of the first interactive session, ArSomnath Sen, ret. Associate Professor at IIT Kharagpur made a presentation on “Water-Sensitive Urban Design and Planning: Approach, Challenges and Potential for Indian Cities”. Ar. Sen described the problems; challenges faced in cities and thus explained the potential of WSUDP at the neighborhood scale. He also described the step-by-step implementation process of WSUDP and city-wide benefits with successful case examples from West Bengal (one of the key states in the Ganges Basin).

The second interactive session was moderated by Ar Vandana Menon, independent consultant to “Rainwater Harvesting in Neighborhood Communities”. Ms. Menon presented the successful example of the Nizamuddin company in Delhi and highlighted the role of community participation in the implementation of the project. She also mentioned that the water table has risen over the years due to the PIU design and planning provided by CSE. The session was followed by an interactive presentation by the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) team – Ms. Nikita Madan, Environmental Planner and Ms. Vishakha Jha, Senior Environmental Specialist and Ms. Shivani Saxena, Environmental Planner, NMCG on the subject “Towards river-sensitive development in cities”. They explained the issues and challenges facing cities and highlighted the strategies used by the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) to overcome them through their river-sensitive planning. The session was divided into two sections – project-based interventions and policy-level interventions respectively to address urban river challenges. They also highlighted the sections of river sensitive planning used in the New Delhi Master Plan 2041 and described the planning procedure and processes involved in the preparation of the plan.

Part 2: WSUDP Management Approaches and Framework (September 15-20, 2021), introduces various WSUDP features: SUDS, GI, RWH, Constructed Wetlands. This module provided participants with an overview of WSUDP O&M, stakeholder engagement strategies, and feature economics. The module also presented case studies in support of WSUDP principles and analyzed relevant tools and techniques. In the next interactive session by Dr. Chandrashekhar Shankar, Director, Vision EarthCare (VEC) on the subject “Nature-Based Wastewater Recycling to Build Green Blue Infrastructure” highlighted various implemented projects delivered by his company where he used CAMUS-SBT technology for wastewater treatment processes. Also a session onWater Conservation Strategies” has been transmitted Nupur Srivastava, Program Manager, CSE focused on the demand for water use and various conservation techniques at the individual, neighborhood and city level to understand the need and value of water. The presentation also focused on the different solutions to build Water Wise Homes. Each session had a 20-25 minutes of presentation followed by a round of questions and answers to interact with the participants and resolve their questions on the subject.

The last day of the training (September 20, 2021) was reserved for an interactive session focusing on some basic exercises, quizzes, case examples and discussions on the WSUDP concept. The training ended with a detailed feedback session led by Suresh Kumar Rohilla, CSE and with reflections on learnings, future training programs, the way forward and action plans by participants followed by a vote of thanks.

Academic Director

Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director and Academic Director
School of Water and Waste, Anil Agarwal Environmental Training Institute – AAETI
E-mail: [email protected]

Training coordinators

Ms Nupur Srivastava
program manager & Training Coordinator
Water Program
Mobile: +91-7506843420
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