Urban Water

Session: Plenary

Topic: Urban Water Resources: Taking Stock
Chair: S. Janakarajan
Speakers: Himanshu Kulkarni, L S Ganapati and Malini Shankar

Topic: Urban Water Institutions: Models, Gaps and New Challenges
Chair: Rajesh Tandon
Speakers: E P Nivedita, V. Suresh, Meera Mehta and V. P. Baligar

Session: Deep Dives

Topic: Universalizing Sanitation: Efficacy of schemes and Barriers to implementation
Chair: Lourdes Baptista
Speakers: S. Vishwanath, Vivek Raman, and Aruna Sundararajan

Topic: Understanding Ground Water
Chair: Sunita Nadhamuni
Speakers: Sekhar Muddu and Sudhakar Rao

Topic: Challenges/constraints faced by water utilities
Chair: Srinivas Chary Vedala and M.N.Thippeswamy
Speakers: Salma Sadikha, R. Reghunathan, and K S Raikar

Topic: Tour of the Infosys Campus: Water conservation, Ecology and Urban Design
Speakers: Digu Aruchamy and Alexander Felson

Dr. S. Janakarajan

Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS)

Dr. S. Janakarajan, an Economist, obtained his Masters degree from Madras Christian College, Tambaram and Ph.D. from MIDS, Chennai. His areas of interest are rural development and agrarian institutions, disaster management, water management and irrigation institutions, conflicts and conflict resolution, environment, urban and peri-urban issues. He is currently engaged in a project on climate change and adaptation in collaboration with six other institutions in South Asia. He is the brain behind the 'Cauvery Family', an initiative which he started in 2003 that brought together farmers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Himanshu Kulkarni

Founder Trustee and Executive Director, Advanced Centre for Water Resource Development and Management (ACWADAM)

Groundwater management has been Dr. Himanshu Kulkarni’s interest and forte for more than 28 years now, and he is still an ardent student of the subject.  His work on the occurrence and movement of groundwater in the hard-rock regions of India is known in academic and research circles. He is currently working on groundwater management in different hydro-geological settings of India. He has co-ordinated projects under grants from the ODA, DFID, Ford Foundation and more recently under the Tata Trust and Arghyam Trust.

Malini V.Shankar, IAS

Principal Secretary, Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Government of Maharashtra

Ms. Malini Shankar, IAS is Principal Secretary of the Water Supply & Sanitation Department of the Government of Maharashtra. A post graduate in forensic Science with a PG Diploma in Management, Ms. Shankar has an experience of 25 years of working in government sector. She has worked in various government departments including Industries, Electricity, Women and Child Development and Commerce. She had conducted many seminars and workshops in the water and sanitation sector. She is also the associate editor of ‘Harmony’ – the monthly newsletter of the IAS Officers Association, Maharashtra Branch.

L.S Ganapati

Chairman, CII National Award for Excellence in Water Management

L S Ganapti has experience of 31 years in dealing with industrial customers and consultants, while working for a large private sector manufacturing organisation. His specialisation was in energy and quality management. He continues to provide consultancy services in general management and quality management.

He is a Life Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India) with a degree in Electrical Enggineering and MBA. He has been associated with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) on the Energy, Water and Environmental Management Awards.

Rajesh Tandon

President, Society for Participatory Research in Asia

Rajesh Tandon founded PRIA, a voluntary organization that provides support to grassroots initiatives in South Asia, in 1982. He is currently promoting local government bodies as institutions of local self-governance in South Asia, with a special focus on women and marginalized groups. Under his leadership, PRIA has conducted major research on a wide variety of topics and also created numerous innovative methodologies for participatory learning and training, participatory bottoms-up micro-planning, and participatory monitoring and evaluation to strengthen the capacities and institutional mechanisms of voluntary development organizations in India and other developing countries.

E. P. Nivedita, I.A.S.

Director, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India

Meera Mehta

Professor Emeritus, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT)

Dr. Meera Mehta is currently a Professor Emeritus at CEPT University and an international consultant with experience in water, urban development and infrastructure finance. She joined CEPT in 1979 and was the Director of the School of Planning before working on projects with USAID and the World Bank. She has also consulted for a number of international agencies, national and local governments, NGOs and infrastructure and housing finance institutions. She is presently working on developing and implementing a performance assessment system for urban water and sanitation in Gujarat and Maharashtra.

V. Suresh

Facilitator, Change Management & Institutional Transformation, Organisational Development & Excellence Consultants (ODEC)

Dr. V. Suresh has worked in the human rights movement in India for two decades. Today, he serves as the National Secretary of the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), where he has conducted inquiries into human rights abuses, including civil liberties violations, caste and communal violence, and state repression. He has worked as an activist with the Adivasi (indigenous) people of Maharashtra on issues of environmental protection and land and earning rights. Dr. Suresh guides organizations and governmental institutions in change efforts, strategic planning, and civic engagement.

V. P. Baligar, IAS

Chairman & Managing Director, Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO)

Lourdes Baptista

Chief Executive, WaterAid, India

Mr. Lourdes Baptista has worked with various renowned Non-Government Organizations such as Don Bosco, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India) and Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI). Over the last 15 years he has been closely associated with Integrated Water Resource Management with a focus on drinking water and livelihoods. His major contribution has been in programme development and management, finance management and organization development.  He has been instrumental in setting up Don Bosco Development Society in Mumbai and now Jal Seva Charitable Foundation for WaterAid.

Aruna Sundararajan, IAS

Joint Secretary and Mission Director, Rajiv Awas Yojana, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA)

Vivek Raman

Reserach Analyst, Water and Sanitation Programme - South Asia (WSP-SA)

Vivek Raman supports the urban sanitation programme as a research analyst.  An economist by training, he has a Masters degree in Applied Economics from Northeastern University, Boston and Bachelors degree in Economics from the London School of Economics .  Vivek has been working with WSP supporting urban and rural sanitation activities at the national and state level.  He has supported the team in developing sanitation strategies and has carried out multiple and varied research and analytical work including conducting situational analysis and rapid assessments. 

S. Vishwanath

Advisor, Arghyam and Director at Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd

Mr. Vishwanath Srikantaiah is an Urban and Regional Planner. A passionate, practitioner of sustainable water and sanitation management systems, he is dedicated to generating awareness on the usefulness of rainwater harvesting practices, both in rural and urban India. Mr. Vishwanath is an ardent and influential voice in shaping the agenda on WATSAN issues in India. He is a member of the Planning Commission Working group on “Urban and Industrial Water Supply and Sanitation” and the subgroup to draft a model bill for a state level Water Regulatory Authority Act.

Sunita Nadhamuni

Chief Executive Officer, Arghyam

Sunita has been involved in various initiatives including SEVA, Indians for Collective Action, Rejuvenate India Movement and Bala Janaagraha. She has been the CEO of Arghyam since it began working on water in 2005 and has been instrumental in the rapid growth and influence of the organisation. She has been a member on various national and international committees  related to domestic water and sanitation, has presented at World Water Week and is a board member of AKVO, an international organisation using IT to enhance transparency and accountability for the water sector.

Prof. Shekar Muddu

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India)

Prof Muddu was the Member of Central Level Expert Group for overall re-assessment of ground water resources of the country – 2010 by Ministry of Water Resources, India. His area of interest in research includes groundwater hydrology, numerical modeling, and environmental engineering. His research work includes analysis of flow and reactive transport in groundwater systems, field-scale experiments in watershed hydrology, hydro climatic & anthropogenic controls on groundwater, numerical methods, geospatial & geophysical methods, optimization and inverse problems, and modeling of environmental hydraulic processes.

Prof. Sudhakar M. Rao

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India)

Prof. Sudhakar Rao’s area of interest and research includes engineering behaviour of unsaturated soils, hazardous waste management, surface and ground water quality and remediation of contaminated groundwater. He is also an Editorial Board Member of The Open Waste Management Journal and honorary advisor to Institute of Integrative Omics and Applied Biotechnology (IIOAB), Medinipur, West Bengal and Scientific advisory committee member of Department of Biotechnology, Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai.

Prof. Srinivas Chary Vedala, Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI)

Prof. Srinivas Chary is the Director of Centre for Energy, Environment, Urban Governance, and Infrastructure Development at ASCI. He specialises in urban governance and institutional reforms, urban environmental management, capacity building and service delivery improvement strategies, particularly in water and sanitation. Prof. Chary was instrumental in establishing the Urban Resource Link (in partnership with MoUD)- a unique model of information support for urban local and state governments, the Change Management Forum, which facilitates peer learning amongst a network of municipal officers and elected representatives for achieving 24-7 water supply in urban India.

Mr. M.N.Thippeswamy

Former Chief Engineer, BWSSB and Co-ordinator, City Managers’ Association - Karnataka

Mr. Thippeswamy has had a long career as a technocrat at Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), rising up through the ranks to retire as Chief Engineer. He has a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of water supply and sanitation and was responsible for initiating and executing several innovative projects at BWSSB. Recently he has been an advisor to the Integrated Urban Water Management project of Arghyam trust and is the Chairman of the Technical Committee for the Bangalore World Water Summit, scheduled for February 2012.

Salma Sadikha

Social Development Specialist, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB)

Ms. Sadikha’s professional experience encompasses 20 years of fighting urban poverty, from the grass roots level to the policy making levels of the government. Ms. Sadikha at BWSSB works on improving the access and quality of water supply and sanitation services to the urban slums without compromising the interest of the utility. Including two major reforms to the sector— rationalizing connection charges to reduce the actual fees, and relaxing the land tenure requirement for installing piped connections.

R. Reghunathan,

Chief Engineer, Commissionerate of Municipal Administration, Tamil Nadu

Er. R. Reghunathan is Chief Engineer in the Commissionerate of Municipal Administration of the Government of Tamil Nadu. Currently he is heading the Engineering wing, being the first Chief Engineer for the entire state of Tamil Nadu. He is handling large water supply and sewerage projects worth INR. 2000 crore for urban local bodies with individual project size ranging from INR. 30 crore to INR. 350 crore. Er. Reghunathan is also president of the Indian Water Works Association.

K S Raikar, (To be confirmed)

Municipal Commissioner, Mysore

Digu Aruchamy

Associate Manager, Green Initiatives

Mr. Aruchamy is responsible for water sustainability, waste management and employee engagement initiatives at the Infosys campuses. He holds an engineering degree in Energy and Environment and was selected by British Council as one of the International Climate Champions from India in 2009. Mr. Aruchamy has been actively working to get Indian youth to engage on climate change issues at the grassroot level. He was one of the youth representatives from India at the UNESCO World Youth Congress on Climate Change in 2009. Additionally, he has also worked as the national coordinator of the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN), successfully implementing its first solar lighting project in Tamil Nadu.

Prof. Alexander Felson

Assistant Professor, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale School of Architecture

Professor Felson is a landscape architect and urban ecologist whose research and practice focus on integrating knowledge of ecological processes with the multifaceted socio-economic, political and infrastructural factors of the city. Relying on a combination of basic and applied research coupled with the creative design process, he has established robust ecological experiments that help to define urban sustainability and guide planning and design. As components of built environments, his projects are functional and aesthetic, and they place experimentation in the public realm.