International Benchmarking for Water Infrastructure

Sonwane, D G; Tomar, Bijendra Singh


The population rise, increase in per capita consumption, industrialization and change in life style is impacting the water demand for Indian cities which is showing increasing trend every decade. The potable water sources are finite. The cities are looking for more water sources which are at longer distances to meet increasing water demand. A long term planning is required for the judicious use of natural resources and sustenance of infrastructure needs. The planning of infrastructure requires the use of available standards, guidelines and existing practices. The available standards for urban utilities include IS Codes, CPHEEO Manual, MoUD guidelines for Smart Cities. The Urban population has also exposure at international level thereby increasing their expectations for global standards and better service delivery.

Some of the international cities having better and smart infrastructure at international level includes Singapore, Song Do, Barcelona, Yokohama, Canary Wharf etc. The available norms for these cities have been studied and compared with Indian guidelines. The better guidelines have been adopted while planning the green field development like Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) Dadri project.

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