Online training on water-sensitive urban design and planning

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Appointment: 07 – 20 September 2021
Duration of the course: Fourteen days (16 hours)
Learning platforms: Moodle and Zoom

The School of Water and Waste in partnership with the National Mission for the Clean Ganges (NMCG) organized an online training program on water-sensitive urban design and planning from September 7 to 20, 2021. The training aimed to build the capacity of state / municipal officials and other sectors actors involved in urban planning and urban infrastructure development. This online training was the first movement within the framework of a series of activities envisaged within the framework of the new 3-year CSE program – “Capacity building initiative focused on” Making the cities of the basin of the Water-Sensitive Ganges ”Under this series of initiatives – webinars, training workshops (online and residential), field exhibition tours, knowledge conclaves aimed at involving over 1,300 state / city officials and other players in the sector.

The training received an overwhelming response with over 150 participants enrolled in the course from 12 states (including 11 Ganges and Maharashtra states), including State Program Management Groups (SPMGs), Planners (Urban / regional / environment), engineers, joint directors and deputy directors of land use planning departments and heads of urban development authorities.

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

Part 1: Context, concept and importance of the WSUDP (07-14 September 2021), The online training began with an inaugural and virtual live launch event on September 7, 2021 to set the context for the training to welcome all participants. At 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, the Government of India released a report titled “Leaf Roadmap for the Implementation of Water Sensitive Design and Planning (WSUDP) in Uttar Pradesh: Rainwater Harvesting in Parks and Open Spaces ”. The CSE report showcased the potential of the WSUDP in some cities of Uttar Pradesh-Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, Prayagraj and Moradabad – with an emphasis on rainwater harvesting in public spaces. The report gives a brief overview of the Ganges basin with regard to urban water management; and focuses on the five cities that are located on the banks of the Ganges and its tributaries. Cities face complex problems related to urban flooding, overexploited groundwater resources, and encroachment of water bodies. They are also part of the national flagship programs of AMRUT and Smart Cities, which offer an opportunity to integrate the WSUDP in these cities.

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

The session was also addressed by Suresh Kumar Rohilla, Senior Director, Urban Water Program, where he spoke about the main issues and challenges in the Ganges basin. “The urban built-up area has increased by approximately 44% by 2005-2006. Dr Rohilla also said that 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 lakes and rivers. urban ponds. And explaining the issues and challenges, he summed up 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 is different from conventional water management solutions in cities. This module also included an analysis of the WSUDP on 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 encountered in cities and thus explained the potential of the WSUDP at the neighborhood level. He also described the step-by-step implementation process of the WSUDP and its city-wide benefits with success stories in West Bengal (one of the major 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 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 increased over the years due to the design and planning of the RWH provided by CSE. The session was followed by an interactive presentation by the team from the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) – 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 the challenges of urban rivers. They also highlighted the sections of river-sensitive planning used in the new Delhi 2041 master plan and described the planning procedure and processes involved in preparing the plan.

Part 2: Approaches and management framework of the WSUDP (15-20 September 2021), introduces various WSUDP features: SUDS, GI, RWH, constructed wetlands. This module provided participants with an overview of the operation and maintenance, stakeholder engagement strategies, and functionality economics of the WSUDP. 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 a blue green infrastructure” highlighted various projects implemented by his company where he used CAMUS-SBT technology for wastewater treatment processes. Also a session on “Water conservation strategies “ was vehicle 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 Presentation time of 20 to 25 minutes followed by a round of questions and answers interact with participants and resolve their questions on the topic.

The last day of the training (September 20, 2021) was reserved for an interactive session focusing on core exercises, quizzes, case examples and discussions on the WSUDP concept. The training concluded with a detailed feedback session facilitated by Suresh Kumar Rohilla, CSE and with reflections on learnings, future training programs, the way forward and participants’ action plans 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
The man of the programager & Training coordinator
Water program
Mobile: + 91-7506843420
E-mail:
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