First Urban Design Thinking Workshop Lists Issues On Storm Water Management In Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: A workshop on stormwater management in Bhubaneswar’’ was organised today by Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and GIZ (German funding agency).

The participants of the BMC-GIZ workshop went near the origin of drainage channel no- 10 close to Nayapalli Haza (low-lying area) on a field trip and studied the local conditions and issues and discussed them at the workshop to get a preliminary study report on basic studies.

Earlier delivering the keynote address, BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary said the water sensitive urban design guidelines will be implemented across the city to ensure greater rainwater harvesting design elements on the roads as they collect major rainwater during heavy showers. “The use of percolation-friendly pavers blocks and rainwater harvesting initiatives in open spaces will also reduce the risk of urban flooding,’’ he added.

Marcus Jeutner from Technology University, Berlin, spoke about the “Design Thinking exercise on Storm Water Management’’ and Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited made a presentation on Lake Neutral Project.

Besides the Municipal Commissioner, city engineer and engineering team including engineers from BMC Drainage Division, urban planners from Bhubaneswar Development Authority and other concerned departments and educational institutions in the field of architecture, planning and engineering were also present.

The workshop is part of the ‘Climate Smart Cities’ project and it works with three Indian Smart Cities i.e. Bhubaneswar, Kochi and Coimbatore. The focus is on smart and climate-friendly measures for infrastructure and area-based developments and measuring and monitoring their Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.

While today’s first workshop was on analysis and definition, a series will be organised in the near future aiming at imaging climate-sensitive urban design from a user perspective. For this purpose, a selected area is analysed by different methods including field observation, surveys, mapping and visioning with regards to the challenge of stormwater drainage in Bhubaneswar. The objective is to develop design principles for the selected project. The workshop series would include group works, field visits and expert talks and will be held over a time of one year.

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