Prof. Pradip Kalbar will introduce the present challenges of water supply infrastructure in India in both urban and rural settings, elaborating on those faced by the Government of Maharashtra under the Maharashtra Sujal Nirmal Abhiyan (MSNA) in achieving 24x7 water supply. The real need of a 24x7 continuous water supply will be discussed considering present field situations and consumer behaviour. The talk will cover how a decentralized infrastructure approach will help in achieving better water supply even in intermittent mode of operation.
Bio-sketch of the speaker:
Prof. Pradip Kalbar is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Urban Science and Engineering in IIT Bombay. An IITB alumnus, he has an education background in Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining IITB as faculty, Prof. Kalbar worked for two-years as postdoctoral researcher at the Division for Quantitative Sustainability Assessment, Dept. of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). His research interests lie in the cross-cutting issues of water supply, sanitation, circular economy, sustainable urban development and urban planning, and includes applying environmental sustainability assessment tools (Life Cycle Assessment, Material Flow Analysis, Multiple Criteria Decision Making, etc.) to urban systems, cities, buildings, infrastructures, lifestyles and technologies. He has wide industrial and consulting experience in water sector, urban waste management and environmental sustainability.