Training on Water Sensitive Design and Planning: Towards Sustainable Urban Development

Date: July 14-16, 2015

India has witnessed a rapid increase in the urban population during last few decades. At present the urban centres rely heavily and are attracted too often by the technically possible - the centralised systems of long distance transfer of water, disposal and treatment of wastewater on outskirts of cities and drainage to flood proof. But all towns and cities are facing today the problem of widening water demand supply gap, inadequate wastewater treatment, flooding, over exploited aquifers and polluted rivers. 

In 2001 around 7.74 million hectares of land in India (2.5 %) was under urban use. But many key environmental problems originate from urban centres due to poor infrastructure and land management. The Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) rules by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India, under the Environment Protection Act 1986 is applicable to the building construction, township/area development, infrastructure and special economic zones. These   projects require prior environmental clearance from central / state agencies. 

The Urban and Regional Development Plans Formulation and Implementation Guidelines (draft) 2014 of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, has now included a chapter on ‘Sustainability and Urban Development’ including environment policies and statutory obligations. The recent policies, manual  advisory and various guidelines issued by the ministry on water supply, sanitation and drainage have been emphasising the need for mainstreaming best management practices (BMP) for sustainable urban water management namely – green buildings, water efficiency and conservation, reuse of treated wastewater, groundwater recharge, rain/storm water harvesting, conservation and protection of water bodies including its catchment for sustainable urban development and low impact green infrastructure by urban local bodies. 

There is now a growing realisation at centre / state level that the risk of not engaging with water from early stages of planning and design include –  constraints to new development or (re)development, missed opportunities for cost saving, poor quality of urban environment and overall unsustainable urban development. The need is for more integrated land and water management from early stages to reduce the increasing water footprint of urban centres. 

About the Training Programme

Aim: Capacity enhancement of city officials for ‘Integrating water management at the strategic scale of planning and design to achieve sustainable development in towns/cities’.


• Improved knowledge on Water Sensitive Design and Planning (WSD&P) - the concept, tools and techniques.

• Awareness of the potential and benefits of implementing WSDP for sustainable urban development.

• Develop skills to plan, design and implement select WSD&P – best management practices. 

• Increased exposure and mindset change for mainstreaming WSD&P. 

• Update on existing and upcoming policies/guidelines/reforms on WSD&P and the way forward.

Target group: City officials from urban local bodies and development authorities from target states – Urban Planners, Landscape Architects, Architects, Town Planning Officers and others involved in preparation and enforcement of the Regional /Master Plan, Zonal Plan, City Development Plan, City Sanitation Plan and developing other local planning provisions / design standards. 

Participation of faculty/trainer/ researcher from Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies; other Centre of Excellence and officials of – TCPO, NIUA, CPWD, NCR Planning Board and HUDCO is encouraged by Ministry of Urban Development to also take benefit from the training programme.    

CSE, Anil Agarwal Environment Institute 
38, Tughlakabad Institutional Area (near Batra Hospital), 
New Delhi 110062

No Registration Fees

Boarding/lodging will be provided by organisers to all the training participants. Only TA/DA has to be sanctioned by nominating state governments/ institutions.

A copy of duly filled registration form along with the nomination letter from competent authority can be sent through post / email/fax to the training coordinator. .

Registration Form MSWord / PDF. 

For further information kindly contact:


Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Programme Director - Water Management 



Feedbacks from Participants
"The course has changed my thinking and orientation to now opt for the best suited decentralised model of waste water treatment, as a part of water sensitive design and planning”

Mr. M. Devanand, Deputy Chief Engineer,
Public Health & Municipal Engineering Department
(Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh)


“The best part of the course was the supporting staff of CSE. The subject was explained in great detail, where the sessions were very useful with respect to my expectations”-

Mr. S. Shashavali, Commissioner,
Bijapur Urban Development Authority
(Bijapur, Karnataka)


“I feel that the training has greatly strengthened my understanding about current trends and policy implications with regards to this field. I will ensure fitting of water efficient fixtures within 15 ULBs under my jurisdiction to start with”

Mr. Sirish Chandra Das, Superintendent,
Urban Development Department,
PHEO (Bhuvaneshar, Orissa)


“This training has given me exposure to principles of water sensitive design and planning, where I will incorporate the issues discussed in this course to prepare DPRs for different ULBS”

Mr. Pramod Kumar Sahoo, Executive Engineer,
Water Supply & Sewerage Board
(Bhuvaneshar, Orissa)


“The training provided a lot of learning. The course has encouraged us to implement wastewater treatment systems and SUDs structures in green areas”

Ms. Sonal Bhat, Asstt. Director (LS),
Delhi Development Authority


“I learnt about the core principles of WSD&P, where I shall try to implement these principles in comprehensive development plans that I am preparing for three peri-urban areas

Mr. Subhrajit Banerjee, Asst Planner,
Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority
(Kolkata, West Bengal)