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Work Overview

The fundamental principle underlying CSE’s water management programme is that the looming water crisis facing the country is not primarily due to a lack of water, but rather arises from mismanagement of water resources. The centralized management paradigm has kept the citizens out and taken away their sense of responsibility towards managing their water.

Update: Third City Sanitation Meetings in select Ganga Basin Cities

As part of the process for preparing city sanitation plans (CSPs), key select Ganga Basin cities are in the process of conducting their third city sanitation task force meetings to take forward the plan for developing city owned CSPs. At the end of the meeting, each CSTF signed a pledge, committing themselves to the CSP preparation process. Updates in select cities as follows:

CSE CPR Seminar : 'Last 100 metres: Potable water provisioning to urban informal settlements’




Part 1 Welcome and Speaker : Dr. Manoj Roy , Lancaster Univ. ,UK

Preliminary surveys for preparation of CSPs: Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh) and Bodhgaya (Bihar)

The water team is in the process of developing model City Sanitation Plan (CSP) for one city in Uttar Pradesh (Bijnor) and another in Bihar (Bodhgaya). These CSPs will serve as a model template for the remaining Ganga basin cities for preparing CSPs. Till date, all three handholding trainings and national and international exposure visits have been conducted to sensitise city officials of how to prepare CSPs. Now cities are gearing up (with handholding support from CSE) to collect and analyse data for their CSPs.

CSE’s Initiative for FSM in Ganga basin cities of Uttar Pradesh. Meeting with Principal Secretary of Uttar Pradesh on 24/08/2017

Mr. Chandra Bhusan, Deputy Director General, CSE, Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla, Water Programme Director, and Sumit Kumar Gautam, Mangar, Water Programme (Ganga) CSE had a state level advocacy meeting with Mr. Manoj Kumar [Principal Secretary (PS), Urban Development, UP government] and Mr. Vishal Bhardwaj [State Misison Director – SBM] in Lucknow on 24th August 2017. 

Second National Field Exposure Visit at Bengaluru, Mysuru and Delhi

CSE, NFEV at Devanahalli, Bangalore- Faecal Sudge Treatment Plant 

The “National Field Exposure Visit” has recently been conducted on 31st July -04th  August, 2017.

The exposure visit is part of a five stage handholding process for the preparation of CSPs for select Ganga basin cities. 

Translating Sanitation Tool Results to Policy

Date: Monday 24th July, 2017

Time: 13:30-14:55pm 

Venue: WEDC Conference, Loughborough University, United Kingdom 

Room: WPT001

Panelists: Bhitush Luthra, CSE; TREND; Peter Hawkins, Private consultant formerly of the World Bank; Sujaya Rathi, CSTEP, Mr Yakubu Habib, Emory University

Moderator: Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla, CSE India

Welcome Speaker: Professor Christine Moe


Water Efficiency and Conservation
Green Infrastructure
  Water Sustainability Template
A Practitioner’s Guide
  Watersensitive Urban Design and Planning
A Practitioner’s Guide
Mainstreaming Energy Efficiency in Urban Water and Wasterwater Management in the wake of Climage Change
Water Efficiency and Conservation in Urban India
  Mainstreaming Rainwater Harvesting in Noida
  Decentralised Wastewater Treatment and Reuse
  Urban Rainwater Harvesting
Case studies from different agro-climatic regions
  Plan for restoration of cascading tank systems in Anuradhapura district, Sri Lanka
  Status Paper Ganga 2013
  Briefing Paper: Legal, Institutional and Technical Framework for Lake/Wetland Protection
  Protection and Management of Urban Lakes in India
  What should be the Coliform standard in India’s sewage treatment protocol in order to promote safe reuse of reclaimed water for domestic, industrial and agricultural use; are stringent standards affordable?
  Green sanitation paper
  Policy paper on Septage Management in India
  Roadmap for Rating System for Water Efficient Fixtures: A Way to Sustainable Water Management in India
  Churning Still Water - Briefing Paper on Urban Waterbodies
A way to augment Chandigarh’s water resources
  Decentralised Wastewater Treatment
A Way to Manage Septage in Shimla
  TECHNICAL REPORT ON Rainwater harvesting for sector 26, Chandigarh
  CSE Documentaries
  Faecal Attraction
  The Rain Catchers
  Clean Your Act
  Report on Ganga
  DTE on Water
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Water insecurity—ranging from chronic water scarcity to lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation services, to hydrological uncertainty and extremes (floods and droughts)—can cause severe disruptions




There are a number of legislations on the  national level with the objective of conserving natural resources like water as well for addressing the problem of pollution. However, water  being a state subject, the importance of state legislations on the same theme is that much more. Various states have either already formulated or are in the process of drafting legislations tackling natural resources like land and water.


Already about 10 states have formulated and adopted their own water policies, and the rest are in the process of doing so. The state water policies are comprehensive and treat water as a finite resource. The need to manage water resources in a scientific manner has been recognised in the policies and hence a lot of emphasis has been given to sustainable exploitation of water and groundwater resources.

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With an eye on the 2014 general election, the UPA government is expanding its ambitious Direct Benefit Transfer programme that promises welfare as cash in bank accounts.


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  Programme Director
  Email: srohilla@cseindia.org
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