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Water Sensitive Development of New Towns

Water is an important natural resource which is becoming scarcer day by day. Conservation of water and exploring alternative sources is therefore important in the given context. The present paper addresses the issue of water sensitive development on a regional scale and tries to suggest skeletal guidelines for an action plan to be implemented as a part of national policy. Also the paper aims to look at the entire profile of the rural base and adjoining urban areas along with the socio-economic characteristics, habitat conditions, settlement pattern, materials and technology incorporated for construction, successful case studies of revival of a few traditional water harvesting systems, the neglect in recent times, water sensitive development of hamlets on a regional scale and the role of architecture and planning in water sensitive development….


  • Dipanwita ChakravartyVatrika Singh and Trupti Kamat, Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Architecture
  • Sandeep Sabharwal, Reliance Foundation


Water sensitive development, Regional planning, Integrated design, Flood management, Conservation of natural heritage



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