Training Programme on Water Sensitive Urban Design and Plannings

Date: September 25-29, 2017

Venue: Center for Science and Environment (CSE), 41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi-110062

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) conducted a five day training programme on “Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning (WSUDP)” from September 25-29th, 2017.  The training programme was divided into two parts; first two days of training concentrated on Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) and Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS). The other two days emphasised on Decentralised Wastewater Recycle and Reuse component of WSUDP. This was followed by an optional one day field visit to demonstrate successfully implemented WSUDP structures across New Delhi.



A total of 23 practitioners (academicians, students, entrepreneur, engineers, architects, planners and consultants) across diverse regions of India participated in the training programme to understand WSUDP as an approach to plan and design urban areas to make use of valuable water resources by mimicking the natural water cycle. 

The first day of training programme started with brief about CSE followed by the concepts of Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning (WSUDP) and exposed the participants to the issues and challenges in managing water resources in urban areas. This was followed by showcasing case examples of best management practices of various aspects of WSUDP through documentaries. Further the discussion focused on the components and detailed planning and designing of rainwater harvesting (RWH) structures. 

Second day of the training began with underlying challenges during operation and maintenance to make RWH structures sustainable. Later the sessions focused on planning, designing and implementation strategies for sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) such as filter strips, swales, bioretention areas, detention pond etc. at neighbourhood and city scale. This was followed by a detailed do-it-yourself group exercise on plan and design of RWH structures so that the participants get acquainted about the concept, plan and design of RWH structures.

The third day of the training focused on decentralized approach of wastewater treatment. Before talking about the technicalities involved in design and construction of DWWT system were taken up, the participants were introduced with a sanitation planning tool called Shit Flow Diagram (SFD) for mapping of excreta flow in a city. The tool is used for urban sanitation programming.   

The fourth day of the training programme started with issues of operation and maintenance and how to make decentralised treatment system sustainable. Participants received hands on experience in designing DWWT system and gained better understanding of the need for such systems. The training programme ended with feedback and certificate distribution session. 

Last day of the training was field visit to DWWT system at DJB Varunalaya complex, Soil Biotechnology (SBT) plant at Nehru Park and Rainwater Harvesting structures at Jamia Hamdard University. The participants interacted with the implementers to understand the reason, challenges and impact of the implemented WSUDP systems. 

Attached is a detailed list of participants 

For further information contact 

Dr. Suresh Rohilla
Programme Director- Water Management 
Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, India
Tel: +91-11-40616000, 29955124, 299956110 ext. 286 
Fax. +91-11-29955879

Dr. Mahreen Matto
Programme Manager- Water Management 
Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, India
Tel: +91-11-40616000, 29955124, 299956110 ext. 257 
Fax. +91-11-29955879 

Mr. Mritunjay Kumar

Programme Officer - Water Management 
Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, India
Tel: +91-11-40616000, 29955124, 299956110 ext. 257 
Fax. +91-11-29955879 


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List of participants

"It was a wonderful experience. The program was useful and very well organized. I just wanted to thank CSE staffs for their hard work. Such events can be organized in a college as an association so that a large number of architect/ planners might get benefited"

- Taiyaba Rashid, Student, Jamia Islamia


"I feel very good and full of knowledge. I would like to remain connect with CSE."

Chanchal Shakya, Research Scholar, Banaras Hindu University

"I am highly satisfied and motivated after this training program. The way the entire CSE team and trainers have helped us through this journey, the experience is truly blissful. Unlike conventional training sessions, the friendly approach of all the trainers to make each minute of this training more interactive and fun, is truly remarkable. The knowledge of trainers and the way they go deep into the smallest detail of the topic has made me feel more knowledgeable. Thank you so much CSE." 

Shamani Tendulkar, Member, Maiboli Prathisthan Foundation    

"Fantastic training! I am from agriculture engineering background, but I learn how to design economical decentralized sewage treatment system. I think, CSE should start e-learning courses which will be best for private organizations. Training is good, no suggestion for improvement."

- Vishal Patil, Senior Executive Engineer, Jain Irrigation System Ltd