Centre for Environment, Urban Governance, Infrastructure Development

ASCI has established a strong presence in the areas of urban governance particularly focusing on urban service delivery. Government of India has commissioned ASCI as a nodal agency for rapid training programmes and as capacity building hub under various centrally sponsored schemes. Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India identified as a national agency for third part appraisal and evaluation of urban reforms and service delivery improvement in cities under the national urban mission. The Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India has recognized ASCI as a Centre of Excellence in PPP, Urban Service Delivery and Governance Reforms.

It offers training and certification programmes to enhance knowledge and skills of policy makers and practitioners at state/city level and in parastatal agencies to realize the goals of urban governance and management. It provides immersion programmes taking benefit of the strategic tie ups with several national and international organizations of repute. Building municipal capacities and change management is a key strength of UG Area. It has trained thousands of elected representatives, administrators and technical personnel on good urban governance, leadership development, management skills, project and contract management, PPP, ICT and Service Delivery etc.

The College has provided transaction advisory support and facilitated implementation of projects in various cities particularly in the areas of 24X7 water supply, sanitation, smart cities, service level benchmarking and urban infrastructure.

ASCI provides a dedicated urban information support service to cities. It regularly documents good practices and has extensive experience in promoting peer learning. It has extended support to Government of India in instituting and organizing national level awards for water(National Urban Water Awards) and Sanitation (Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) Awards & Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar) awards for recognizing innovative initiatives across the country, documented good practices and disseminated through various channels. The team at UG Area brings a strong combination of domain knowledge and management expertise. Having worked extensively in urban management, the team is fully aware of the administration systems, work culture, governance and service delivery issues at municipal and corporate levels.

R&C Projects
  • Advisory Support for Hosting XI Metropolis World Congress 2014
  • Advisory support for preparation of Smart City Proposals
  • Appraisal of Reforms Implementation in UIDSSMT towns of Orissa & Tamilnadu - Sponsored by Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India 55 Study on Water Quality Protocol
  • Appraisal of Reforms under JNNURM - Sponsored by Ministry of Urban Development - Government of India
  • Capacity Building support for establishing Patrolling System
  • Capacity Building Workshops on Service Level Benchmarking Framework
  • Consultancy Services for Selection of Proje/ct Management & Construction Supervision Consultants - Industrial Corridor
  • Consulting and Technical Support for ICT Enablement of different departments in a City
  • Handholding Support in implementation of Smart City Project
  • Service Delivery Improvements – Digital Door Numbering, Bus Shelters, Solid Waste Management
  • Online Building Approval System

  • Promotion of Inclusive, Sustainable growth & Diversity to Strengthen Local Governments 8 Capacity Building of cities as part of the Sanitation Capacity Building Platform (SCBP)
  • Decentralised Sanitation Management Support in towns 10 Technical Assistance to Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM)
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools – Benchmarking, CSR implementation, studying the improvement in Health and Education Outcomes
  • Rationalising Domestic Water Usage
  • Establishing a Framework for an Independent Regulator in Water and Sanitation Sector
  • Transaction Advisory Support for Improving Delivery Mechanisms for Potable Water in Informal Settlements
  • WASH in Schools Leadership Course
  • Study on Alternative Approaches to Land Procurement and Value Capture
  • Knowledge Management Through e-learning
  • Study of Waste to Resources (W2R) projects for Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM)
  • City Wide Plan for Equitable and Sustainable Sanitation Services in Warangal, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Project Management Unit (PMU) for Implementing E-Challan & Traffic Improvement System - Sponsored by Cyberabad Police Commissionerate
  • National Urban Water Awards 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009 - Sponsored by Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India
  • Study of Municipal Finances in India - Sponsored by Fourteenth Finance Commission, Government of India
  • Program Management Unit (PMU) for ICT Enablement of Building Approval System
  • Preparation of Slum Free City Plan of Action (SFCPoA) under RAY
  • Develop Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Roadmap
  • Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Continuous (24/7) Pressurized Water Supply Project
  • Study on Process Re-engineering of Municipal systems and Developing a IT Roadmap
  • Revision of City Development Plan
  • Developing an Integrated Solid Waste Management Tool Kit for Municipalities
  • H-TRIMS
  • Study on Comprehensive Capacity Building Programme (CCBP) under JNNURM - Sponsored by Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India
  • Strengthening of Capacity Development Mechanisms for Bridging the Gap between Planning and Capacity Building for Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in Housing, Urban Infrastructure and Service Delivery
  • Consultancy Study of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) In Municipal Solid Waste Management in Andhra Pradesh - Review of Experiences and Lessons for Scaling Up
  • Study of Municipal Finances and Governance
  • Pre feasibility Study of moving towards Continuous Water Supply
  • Regional Capacity Building Hub for Region VII (Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala & Puducherry) - Sponsored by Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India
  • Regional Capacity Building Hub for Region III (Uttar Pradesh) - Sponsored by Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India
  • Regional Capacity Building Hub for Region VI (Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa) - Sponsored by Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India
  • Support to Andhra Pradesh Infrastructure Authority (APIA) for advancing Public Private Partnership Projects in Andhra Pradesh
  • Setting up of National Technical Support Unit (NTSU) to operationalise the recommendations of 13 FC - Sponsored by Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India
  • Study on Water Supply Timings and Consumer Satisfaction (100 days Action Programme)
  • Study on Comprehensive House Hold Survey for Water Supply, Sewerage and Solid Waste Management
  • Capacity Building in Management of PPP in Urban Water Sector - Sponsored by KUIDFC, Government of Karnataka
  • Case Studies – Information Communication Technology (ICT) for Effective Urban Governance and Service Delivery - Sponsored CISCO Systems India Private Ltd
  • Impact Assessment of Continuous Water Supply Pilot
  • Capacity Building support for Preparation of Ward Development Plans
  • Study on Abatement of Total Pollution of River Musi under the NRCD
  • Preparation of State Urban Housing and Habitat Policy and State Level Action Plans " - Sponsored by Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA)
  • ASCI - NRDC Initiative : Study on Evaluation and Assessment of Energy Efficiency Efforts
  • Operationalising the Service Level Benchmarking (SLB) Framework in Eight Cities - Sponsored by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Implementation of National Programme on Capacity Building for Urban Poverty Alleviation in the context of JnNURM / SJSRY and other schemes
  • Reform Implementation Action Plan under JNNURM
  • Capacity Development for Preparation of City Development Plans
  • Preparation of Model Municipal Bill
  • Centre of Excellence
  • Study on “Time bound Action Plan for Provision of 7-Point Charter” (BSUP & IHSDP) - Sponsored by Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHPA)- GOI
  • Capacity Building for Urban Management - Sponsored by World Bank Institute
  • Public Private Partnerships (PPP)with sectoral focus on Water and Environmental Sanitation - Sponsored by VEOILA Campus Environment – France
  • Capacity Building for Promoting Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in Urban Infrastructure – ICAP
  • Demand Responsive Support - Sponsored by Water and Sanitation Program - South Asia
  • Implementation of Module I for Rapid Training Programme - Sponsored by Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), GOI
  • Preparation of Rapid Readiness Assessment and Detailed Project Reports for Improvement of Water Supply
  • Preparation of Tender Documents for Outsourcing the Maintenance of Water Supply Services
  • Knowledge support to different cities through Urban Resource Link - Supported by Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), GOI
  • Exposure Visits for senior government officials, Elected Representatives, Municipal Officials, Trade Union Members
  • Deepening Certification in City Management
  • Municipal Finance – Innovative approaches
  • Preparation and Appraisal of City Development Plans with focus on Poverty reduction
  • Implementation of reforms as per timelines specified in MOA under JNNURM
Prof V S Chary
Mr G Bala Subramanyam
Dr. Y Malini Reddy