Urban Services Planning

By Prof. Debapratim Pandit   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 249
This course covers the fundamentals of urban services planning including solid waste management, municipal health and social services and other urban services such as street lighting, fire services etc. Additionally, students are introduced to the different aspects of services planning such as strategic aspects, regulatory frameworks, life cycle analysis, environmental impact assessment, community participation & awareness generation and municipal governance & finance. The course will enable students to conduct gap analysis, analyze the current context, propose relevant technologies and methods and prescribe appropriate policies and management strategies for these urban services.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Bachelor in Architecture, Bachelor in Planning, Bachelor in Technology(Civil), Master in (City/Urban Planning, Urban Engineering, Physical Planning, Technology)

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: All Architecture, Urban Planning, Infrastructure and Consultancy Services firms providing solutions for urban areas
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 29 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Architecture and Planning
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Urban Services Planning:Introduction Different type of municipal services, Strategic aspects, Regulatory framework, Role of stakeholders, Urban management and finance, Public private partnerships, Benchmarks, Government programs
Week 2: Service planning approaches: Planning theories, Pollution and health perspectives, Greenhouse gas emission reduction, Environmental Impact assessment, Life cycle analysis, Community participation and awareness
Week 3: Integrated municipal solid waste management and plan preparation for urban areas: Solid waste management rules, Extended producer responsibility, Source segregation, Decentralized waste management, Integration of informal sector, Municipal solid waste management planning and organizational setup, Operation and maintenance, Financial implementation plan, Schedule for plan preparation
Week 4: Solid Waste generation, storage and minimization: Waste classification, Waste quantity, Waste minimization, Waste characteristics, Data collection and sampling strategy, Waste forecasting, Waste storage
Week 5: Waste collection planning for urban areas: Primary and secondary waste collection strategies, Equipment, vehicles and staffing requirements, Depot, containers and transfer stations, Routing and scheduling for solid waste vehicles, Case studies
Week 6: Waste processing, recycling and recovery planning: Waste processing, Concept of 3Rs, Recycling and recovery, Composting, Vermicomposting, E -waste management and recovery, Case studies
Week 7: Waste disposal planning for urban areas: Landfill siting criteria, Landfill area calculation, Landfill Types, Landfill Design, Landfill phasing, Identification of land and inclusion in city development plan, Case studies
Week 8: Adoption of advanced waste treatment technologies: Waste to energy, Incineration, Pyrolysis, Gasification, Biomethanation, Refuse derived fuel, Evaluation of alternative technologies, Case studies
Week 9: Other municipal waste management services: Street sweeping, Cleaning of surface drains, Plastic waste, Construction and demolition waste, Hazardous waste management, Case studies
Week 10: Municipal health services: National urban health mission, Public health challenges, Health facilities, Stakeholders, Improving healthcare access for the urban poor, Community based healthcare programs, Epidemic and pandemic control, Government programs
Week 11: Municipal social services: Planning for economic and social development, Urban poverty alleviation, Vulnerable population groups, Social welfare services, Geriatric services, Government programs and case studies
Week 12: Other Municipal services: Street lighting services, Fire services, Urban forestry, environment and ecology, Provision of parks, gardens and playground, burial grounds and cremation facilities

Books and references

1. Municipal solid waste management manual Part I & II. CPHEEO, India
2. What a Waste: Solid Waste Management in Asia, The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development/The World Bank

Instructor bio

Prof. Debapratim Pandit

IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Debapratim Pandit is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture and Regional Planning, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He has completed his PhD from the Department of Urban Engineering, University of Tokyo in the area of landuse transportation modeling and has more than twelve years of teaching and professional experience. He currently teaches Urban informatics, Advance Transportation Planning, Urban utilities and Services and Development Plans for Post Graduate and Research students. He has published several book chapters and papers in top international journals and has undertaken a wide array of consultancy and research projects on urban landuse planning, transport infrastructure development and urban mobility plans. He is currently in charge of the urban informatics lab and developing several key technologies including hardware, firmware and software for urban transit and sharing systems for the Government of India.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 April 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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