The Housing and Urban Development Department (HUDD), Government of Odisha, in collaboration with Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), plans to work towards mainstreaming Water-Sensitive Urban Design and Planning (WSUDP) in cities and towns of Odisha. In view of this, CSE and HUDD have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the objective of mainstreaming storm water management and rainwater harvesting (RWH) in towns and cities of Odisha.
Cognizant that rooftop RWH has had limited success and needs incentivization and other measures, HUDD has decided to undertake radical changes in the RWH strategies for cities. Noting that there lies immense potential of rain/ storm water harvesting via public parks, roads and flyovers, HUDD has released an Advisory to relevant stakeholders for the implementation of WSUDP Phase-I.
As per the advisory, CSE will act as a knowledge partner to HUDD and will lend support in the following:
- Training and capacity building
- Developing generic models for different interventions
- Development of guidelines, SOPs, advisories, etc.
- Research and assessment studies on WSUDP and RWH planning and designing, etc.
Under Phase-I, all urban local bodies (ULBs) and development authorities (DAs) need to implement RWH in all public parks and open spaces. For implementation and coordination of Phase-I, a State Level Task Force (SLTF) has been constituted with the Principal Secretary as Chairperson, Joint Secretary as Nodal Officer and CSE as Member, amongst others. The SLTF is also responsible for providing technical support to ULBs and DAs for preparation of short-, medium- and long-term strategies for RWH in public parks and open spaces.
All ULBs need to identify existing and potential projects, and retrofit and implement them within the space of 30 days, for which all cities need to constitute a City Level Task Force (CLTF). The CLTF is tasked with preparation of a Preliminary Action Plan (PAP), which shall provide necessary information on the number of parks and their physical features such as area, topography, soil type, nature of green space and use. The PAP will also provide information regarding existing RWH structures, rainfall statistics, groundwater (GW) statistics, land use, etc. Once the PAP is finalized, a Feasibility Study and Final Action Plan (FAP) will be prepared and implemented.