Online Training on Water Sensitive Urban Design & Planning - Approach, Challenges & Potential

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Dates: August 03 - 20, 2022
Training Duration: 16 hours(self-paced - 8 hours and virtual sessions - 8 hours)
Learning Platforms: Moodle and Zoom
Training Type: Online 

School of Water and Waste, in partnership with National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) organized an online training programme on Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning from August 03 – 20, 2022. The training aimed at capacity building of State / Municipal functionaries and other sector players involved in city planning and urban infrastructure development. This online training is a part of a series of activities envisaged under 3-year duration CSE programme – ‘Capacity building initiative focusing on ‘Making Ganga basin cities water sensitive’. Under this initiative series of – webinars, workshops, trainings (both online and residential), field exposure visits, and knowledge conclaves aimed at engaging 1,300+ state / municipal functionaries and other sector players.  

The training received an overwhelming response with 115+ registered participants from 40+ cities of 14 States (including 11 Ganga basin states and Maharashtra), including State programme management groups (SPMGs), planners (urban/regional/environment), engineers, joint directors and assistant directors from town and country planning departments, and officials from urban development authorities across six countries worldwide. 

This online training was divided in 2 modules spread over two weeks (18 days). The training Module was prepared based on the basic needs assessment to recognize the level of understanding towards the course. Reading material was uploaded on the online course moodle platform for the participants. The course methodology included a hybrid active learning format of 16 hours, 8 hours of essential reading material on moodle and 8 hours of live virtual sessions. 

The programme was based on state-of-art teaching–learning tools consisting of interactive sessions, essential and desirable reading materials, presentations, quizzes, documentaries, experiential learning using detailed case studies, online discussions on the forum and working in groups. 

A total of five online interactive sessions and one two-hour webinar were planned to develop an in-depth understanding of the WSUDP approach and tools through interaction and exercises. The sessions were conducted by in-house experts and invited eminent speakers experienced in the same domain. 

Part 1: Context, Concept and Significance of WSUDP (3-11 August, 9 Days) of the online training started with a virtual Inaugural cum introductory session on the zoom platform on August 03, 2022 for setting the context of the training and to welcome all the participants. The virtual inaugural cum introductory session was addressed by Depinder Singh Kapoor, Director, Water Programme, CSE. The training coordinators briefed the participants on an overview of the training aim and objectives, participant's profile etc., and also gave a quick demonstration on how to use the Moodle platform.

 The first module of the training envisioned establishing the need for a water-sensitive design and how it differs from conventional water-management solutions in cities. This module also included an analysis of WSUDP on different intervention scales to execute site-level plans. As part of the first interactive session, Ar Somnath Sen, Retd. Associate Professor at IIT Kharagpur delivered a presentation on "Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning: Approach, challenges and Potential for Indian cities". Ar. Sen described the issues; challenges in the cities and thereby explained the potential of WSUDP at a neighbourhood scale. He also stated the step-by-step implementation process of WSUDP and benefits at a city scale with the successful case examples in West Bengal (one of the main stem Ganga basin states). 

Ar Vandana Menon, an independent consultant, delivered the second interactive session on "Rainwater Harvesting in Neighbourhood Communities". Ms Menon showcased the successful example of the Nizamuddin society in Delhi and highlighted the role of community participation in the project's implementation. She also mentioned that the water table had increased over the years through CSE's RWH design and planning. 

Part 2: WSUDP Approaches and Management Framework (12 - 20 August, 9 days), introduced various WSUDP features: SUDS, GI, RWH, and Constructed Wetlands. This module gave the participants insight into O&M, stakeholder engagement strategies, and the economics of WSUDP features. The module also presented case studies in support of WSUDP principles and analysed the relevant tools and techniques. 

In the following interactive session, S. Vishwanath, Advisor, Biome Environmental Solutions, Bangalore, showcased an excellent example of rainwater harvesting at the individual scale of his house sans-souci that is self-sustainable, eco-friendly, eco-friendly, enhance biodiversity on site and reduces wastage to its bare minimum. 

The house Sans Souci is built with earth excavated from the site, harvests rainwater, reuses greywater, and has a composting toilet. Each session had a 20-25 mins presentation time followed by a Q&A round to interact with the participants and to resolve their queries on the topic.

The final 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 was concluded with a detailed feedback session moderated by the training coordinators, CSE and with reflections on the learnings, future training programmes, way forward and action plans by the participants, followed by a vote of thanks. 

A webinar on the topic "Towards Water Sensitive Cities for Climate Resilience - Experience of Approach and Practices in India" as a part of the training programme was also organised on August 25, 2022, aimed at sensitising practitioners and advocating for the designing and planning of water-sensitive cities in India, and disseminating the experiences of water-sensitive cities and exemplar projects and programmes from India. The two-hour webinar had representation from eminent speakers in the sector and team CSE; Shri G MathiVathanan, Principal Secretary, HUDD, Government of Odisha, Ms Veena Srinivasan, Director and Senior Fellow, CSEI – ATREE, Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla, Programme lead, IWA and Ms Shreya Krishnan, Director and Co-Founder, Sponge collaborative.

Academic Director

Depinder Singh Kapur
Water Programme, CSE

Training Coordinator

Senior Research Associate
Water Programme
Phone: +91-11-40616000 (Ext: 244)
Mobile: 8699770153



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“Thank you CSE for regularly organizing such useful courses. I see multiple people from the Government of Maharashtra in these courses and we do convey what we learn to our higher ups.Also Thank you Madam and Sir for being patient with us and solving our technical issues quickly. Thank you.”

Amit Bhalerao,
Junior Research Fellow, Government of Maharashtra
“Thank you CSE for successfully conducting this course. It was very interesting and has definitely helped in enhancing my knowledge base on the subject.”

Charve Jain,
School of planning and architecture, new delhi
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Target Audience
  • Central / State / Municipal functionaries (decision makers / managers and regulators):  Planners (Urban/ Regional/ Environment), Engineers, Architects / Landscape Architects working in Town & Country Planning / Municipal Administration Department or State Urban Development Authorities
  • Engineers (Civil / Mech./ Envn.) or Planners working with Water Supply and Sewerage Boards / Jal Nigam or Jal Sansthan etc.
  • Any other functionaries dealing with:
  • AMRUT, Smart Cities Mission, Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban), Swachh Bharat Mission (U), Atal Bhujal Mission, NamamiGange
  • Accredited EIA, architecture and urban planning consultants
  • PMU assisting Govt. in mainstreaming water wastewater measures
  • Researchers and academics interested in curriculum development in planning, architecture and civil engineering
  • Related sector professionals dealing with water, sanitation, flood, river, wetland or environment related matters in the city and its urbanizable areas
Course fees
US$ 75 - Overseas participants
₹3500/- Indian participants
Early bird entries (till July 25) and a group of more than three participants in each batch can avail a discount of 25 per cent. (Applicable for all participants)

Note - No training fees are applied to nominated government employees (All nominated officials are expected to attend all the sessions).
As per the programme announcement, you're eligible for a 25% discount on the training fee. Please note that the early bird registration is valid only till July 27, make sure that you make the payment before that to avail of the discount. After July 27, 2022, the regular fee of INR 3500/- will be applied.
Benefits of Participation
This training is part of School of Water and Waste’s objective to create ‘Urban Water

Leaders’. Top 5 participants who perform well in the training will be invited to AAETI, Nimli with a fully funded fellowship for one of our upcoming training programs. Participants who perform exceptionally during these courses and come back to us with a ‘theory to practice’ alumni story will be awarded the title of ‘Urban Water Champions’.

Additional benefits include:
  • Training participation/completion certificate
  • One-year free subscription to Down To Earth magazine after training completion
  • Top 5 scorers will get a 50% refund of their training feeand will be invited to attend the ‘Urban Water and Sanitation’ knowledge conclave in January 2023.
  • Join a global network of practitioners of the School of Water and Waste
Somnath Sen
Associate Professor (Retired)
Department of Architecture and Regional Planning
IIT Kharagpur
Vandana Menon
Independent Consultant,
New Delhi
S. Vishwanath
Biome Environmental Trust