December 5-16, 2016
Centre for Science and Environment in collaboration with Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has organized two week foundation course on How to Develop Water Quality Management Plan for environmental regulators from December 5 – 16, 2016 in New Delhi.
A mixed group of junior, mid and senior level officers attended the programme. The participants were from different state pollution control boards from across 10 states, named Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat, Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Odisha.
CSE designed a programme schedule in such a way that it helps the environmental regulators in designing a management plan by finding different possible solutions and ways for improving the quality of water of rivers and limit untreated wastewater discharge directly in to the water bodies. For the same CSE has invited various experts from the field to enlighten the participants on the same. During the training programme different problems in maintaining a standard water quality was discussed, different management plans were worked out through class exercises. It was also discussed why it is important for every city to have separate Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) and how to develop one.
The programme was focused basically on the aspect related to the regulators such as their duties and obligations, identification of pollution sources & contributing stakeholders, development of inventory of waste water generation & disposal, how to make data meaningful, pollution load assessment, rainwater harvesting, how to set a decentralised waste water treatment system and ultimately how to develop water quality management plan. Participants appreciated CSE’s programme structure and the methodology used for imparting knowledge. The group work during the training programme was liked by all and the participants said that it gave them a better learning opportunity as they get a chance to interact with other participants also and learn from them. The participants were taken for site visits to a Sequential Batch Reactor in Vikas Vihar, New Delhi and Water Harvesting Project in Jamia Hamdard Institute, New Delhi and CSE’s Decentralised Waste Water Treatment System (DWWT).
To make the entire programme interactive with the participants, group activities, class exercises and field visit on different topics and issues had been organized; where in the participant’s involvements were worth to watch. The module made sure that the participants discuss, debate and understand different aspects of water quality management plan within their group and with the experts. The participants from different state pollution control boards expressed their gratitude as the entire training module was indeed learning for them. They have also initiated interest in carrying forward this learning.
List of Participants
Niraj A. Shah
Sajeev K. G.
Baiju M. A.
Dr. Narain Bhoot
O. P. Shardul
Dr. A. Manisekar
B. M. Prakash
Dr. Laxmidhar Pal