Venue: TERI School of Advanced Studies, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

Registration opens: 8 January, 2020

Last Date of Registration: 25 January, 2020



Water crisis is particularly very severe in highly populated urban areas and it is going to be further aggravated with world becoming urban as pointed out by the World Commission Report on Environment and Sustainability by 2020. Urban water bodies play a vital role in addressing the severe water crisis that is looming over every urban city especially the developing countries where the unplanned urbanization is happening at a rapid rate. Both surface water and ground water face a huge threat and degrading both quality and quantity wise.

As per National Green Tribunal, more than 60 per cent of sewage generated by urban India is untreated and enters water bodies like rivers, resulting in pollution and making it unfit for human consumption. Traditional water bodies like tank systems, lakes, small ponds, etc. are at serious risk, due to negligence, Unplanned urbanization, encroachment of canals, catchment areas and lake fringes, and uncontrolled abstraction of groundwater which have resulted in water resources heading to the point of exhaustion.

Workshop Focus:

In the backdrop of this, the workshop organized by DHAN Foundation and the TERI School of Advanced Studies aims to understand the current challenges, issues and threats faced by urban water bodies in a multidimension spectrum and shall facilitate sharing of knowledge on different practices, technologies adopted for treatment and revival of urban water bodies across the nation. This workshop is organized to create a platform for stakeholders to share their ideas, research works and to create an awareness about the need of reviving urban water bodies.


To understand the challenges and issues related to urban water bodies.
To share different pilot projects/models adopted for addressing the deteriorating water quality issues faced by urban water bodies.
To propose solutions and strategies for redefining urban water space.

Tentative Agenda
10:00 – 10:45
Welcome address by Prof. Manipadma Datta, Vice Chancellor(Acting ), TERISAS
Address by Mr. N Venkatesan, Chief Executive Officer, DHAN Vayalagam Foundation
Address by Mr Elamuhil, Project Executive, Centre for Urban Water Resource, DHAN Foundation on Madurai Water bodies and Project Revival
Keynote Address by Shri Avinash Mishra, Advisor (WR & LR), NITI Aayog
Group Photo and Tea Break
Context setting
Issues and challenges related to Urban Water Bodies, Ms. Ranjana Ray Chaudhuri, TERI SAS
Pond Rejuvenation in Gurugram- Efforts and Challenges, Ms. Shubhi Kesarwani, Manager, GuruJal, MCG
Technical Session – Sharing Success stories and good practices
Moderated by Dr. Fawzia Tarannum, TERI SAS

Rajokri Pond Rejuvenation, Mr. Ankit Srivastava, Technical Advisor, Delhi Jal Board
Saving Hyderabad Water Bodies, Ms. Madhulika Choudhary
Rejuvenation of Urban Lakes, Mr. Lokendra Balasaria
Urban Lake Governance and Sustainability, Dr. Mansee Bal Bhargava, Entrepreneur, Researcher, Educator
FBTec-De-centralized waste water treatment system, Mr. Lalit Bajare, Managing Director, Nixie Engineers
Eco-friendly wastewater treatment, Dr. Prasanna Jogdeo, Co-Founder, Lemnion Green Solutions Pvt. Ltd (TBC)
14:00- 15:30
Strategic Session: 03
Breakout sessions – Deliberating in smaller groups -Outcome- Strategic action plan on rejuvenating urban lakes
Breakout Session 1: Technological solutions
Session Facilitator Mr. Praveen Kumar, Dhan Foundation
Breakout Session 2: Socio-cultural, economic and environmental benefits
Session Facilitator: Dr. Fawzia Tarannum, TERI SAS
Breakout Session 3:Governance, Institutional Framework including community participation
Session Facilitator: Mr. Elamuhil, Project Executive, Centre for Urban Water Resource, DHAN Foundation
Presentation by breakout session representatives (5 minutes each)
Valedictory Address by Prof C R Babu, Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi (TBC)

Target Audience:

Practitioners, Policy and decision makers from the government, representatives from Civil Society Organizations, Corporate, Academia, NGO, Community groups and Panchayat members.


Registration is compulsory. There is no registration fees. Limited seats available.

Contact Us

Fawzia Tarannum
Assistant Professor and Programme Coordinator
Coca-Cola Department of Regional Water Studies
TERI School of Advanced Studies,