Water-Sensitive Urban Design and Planning (WSUDP) Advanced Residential Training Program


Appointment: November 30 – December 02, 2021
Duration of the course: Three days (24 hours)
Place: Anil Agarwal Environmental Training Institute (AAETI), Nimli, Rajasthan
Type of course: Residential

CSE – School of Water and Waste (SWW) organized a 3 day advanced residential training program on “Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning (WSUDP) – Rainwater Harvesting at Different Scales” from November 30 to December 2, 2021. The training was organized as part of the CSE-NMCG capacity building initiative to make the cities of the Ganges basin sensitive to water.

The training program aimed to build a cohort of practitioners and managers (public and private) who will design and implement WSUDP interventions. The advanced training program has been developed for participants who have already completed the CSE online courses on various WSUDP topics.

The Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been prepared by the administrative department. of the CSE, taking into account all the Covid-19 precautions and social distancing measures, which were followed during the residential training at AAETI.

A total of 30 participants attended the training, which included young, mid-career and experienced professionals with different expertise in the private and public sectors. In the private sector, the participants were architects, landscapers, urban planners, economists, civil engineers. The rest were government officials from NMCG, DDA, SMCG Uttar Pradesh, Land Use Planning (TCPO) Bhopal, State MP, Architects, Town Planners, Science Specialists environment and engineers.

The training program began with on-site visits to the CSE campus and JamiaHamdard on November 29, 2021 – Day 0. The Rainwater Harvesting System (RWH) on the CSE campus (building wide) was presented by CSE staff. Jamia Hamdard’s Institutional Scale RWH System was presented by Mr. Azhar Ali Khan and his team, where they also shared the benefits of the system as they reduced the dependence of the global supply on tankers or groundwater.

Kicking off the first day, Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla, Senior Director, CSE, inaugurated the training program and set the context for the 3-day advanced training, highlighting the issues of water management in the environment. urban development and the essential need for integrated management of the water cycle. with cost-effective water-sensitive design interventions in India. He also discussed the policy framework for the integration of WSUDP in urban centers of India, and the challenges and opportunities in the sector.

This was followed by an expert conference on the “River Sensitive Planning Framework” Dr Victor Shinde, Manager – Water and Environment, NIUA Urban River Management Plan (URMP) framework which is adopted to rejuvenate water bodies, adapt solutions based on nature and improve biodiversity. In addition, he concluded with the forthcoming proposal for the work of the URMP to be implemented in Kanpur.

Following this “Urban Water Security Planning Toolkit” was discussed by JigishaJaiswal, C-WAS, CEPT University. She stressed the importance of a holistic city water balance plan that includes both paid and non-paid water calculations, as well as other social benefits to consider. Continuing the concept of water balance, MPZ Thomas, MD, Environmental Engineers and Consultants Pvt. Ltd. (EECPL) shared invaluable insights from their own experiences with water balance at different scales. He spoke about low impact development and the different assumptions that are made before estimating water needs for commercial and residential level projects. He also confronted the aspects of water verification and water balance of water conservation with practical exercises on the same subject.

Sanjay Prakash, Director, ShiFt Studios shared his experience in designing a water-sensitive campus in an arid area: IIT Jodhpur. He presented the various water-sensitive features designed and implemented in the state-of-the-art campus that focus on rain / storm water collection and local reuse of treated wastewater. He discussed in detail the channel design parameters as implemented on campus. The session was followed by a group exercise on a hypothetical case study of channel design for the IIT Jodhpur campus. Abhinav Pandey, Studio Manager, ShiFt Studies assisted Mr. Prakash in the exercises and group presentations.

The first day ended with a visit to the AAETI campus led by DhruvPasricha, CSE, where he presented the different characteristics of water to the AAETI. He also discussed various design considerations and the operation and maintenance of water sensitive components.

Day 2 began with a focus group exercise where participants discussed the various lessons from Day 1 and site visits made on Day 0. This was followed by a session on data requirements. for planning and design of WSUDP interventions led by Shivani, CSE. She spoke about the different datasets needed to design RWH systems at different scales and the sources of those datasets.

This was followed by a session on “The Cost Benefit Analysis Tool (BCA)” by Mr. Jamie Ewert, Country Engagement Manager, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Australia. He presented the importance of economic valuation and CAPEX and OPEX cost calculations. He also spoke about net present value and payback period, which are critical factors when assessing the economic feasibility of WSUDP interventions.

Next, Tanmay Kumar, Project Manager, discussed the different shades of permeable coatings and their application in Indian cities. He discussed the benefits of using this feature and other performance improvements that can be used to use this sustainable intervention optimally. This was followed by a group exercise on “Data Required for Planning and Design of the WSUDP” where participants were given a hypothetical case for the data required for the design of an RWH system for a home, school. , a town and a hotel.

This was followed by a session on planning and designing WSUDP interventions by Dhruv Pasricha, CSE. He discussed the various planning and design standards, strategies and rules of thumb for various components of the RWH system including. sizing of storage tanks and refill pits. The planning and design of SUDS features and stormwater harvesting interventions for parks were also discussed in detail during the session. Post this, Shivani, CSE, presented O&M and the economic feasibility of RWH systems and the various components of O&M schedules and stakeholder engagements.

An experience sharing conference by one of the alumni, Natasha Zarine, EcoSattva Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd. took place, where she presented her work on the rejuvenation of the Kham River in Aurangabad. After the experience sharing discussion, the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Exercise: Planning and Designing the WSUDP at Three Different Scales was presented and participants were given data sets for city “X” for four different geographic areas. Participants were asked to prepare an RWH and SUDS plan for their city and provide operation and maintenance strategies as well as the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders. Participants worked on crafts for the rest of the day and evening.

Day 3 started with DIY presentations by each group with a maximum of seven minutes per group. Presentations were graded on aspects of city profile, SUDS and RWH plan for three different scales, O&M timeline, roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, presentation style and graphics. The winning group received gifts from the CSE, followed by a short feedback session.

The training program concluded with a visit to the Nizamuddin East Colony site in Delhi, where Vandana Menon. She presented the RWH system implemented in the colony, sharing the journey of how local residents funded, implemented and now maintain these systems to address localized waterlogging and groundwater depletion issues. . She discussed the various factors responsible for nearly two decades of successful operation of RWH systems. She shared her experience on community engagement and the role of various state and non-state actors in the implementation and replicability of implemented RWH systems. The sessions ended with a vote of thanks.

Training coordinator

Senior Research Associate
Urban water program
Mobile: + 91-8699770153
Email: [email protected]

Director of training

Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director, CSE
Academic Director,
School of Water and Waste, AAETI
E-mail: [email protected]



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