Dr. KAPIL GUPTA, Ph D (Sheffield, UK)


Department of Civil Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,

Powai, Mumbai 400076, INDIA

Email: kgupta[at]civil.iitb.ac.in

Phone +91-22-2576 7324

FAX    +91-22-2576 7324

International affiliations

·         Indian Project Investigator for European Union 7FP funded project “CORFU: Collaborative Research on Flood Resilience in Urban areas” (2010-2014) (http://www.corfu-fp7.eu/)

·         Member - UNESCO International Working Group on Sustainable Urban Water Strategies, VII IHP, (2008 -2013)

·         Member - International working groups of the IAHR/IWA Joint Committee on Urban Drainage:

o    Sewer Systems and Processes Working Group (SS&PWG),

o    Urban Rainfall Group (URG)

·         Member- Editorial Board: Urban Water Journal

·         Peer reviewer for international archival journals


National affiliations

·            Advisor, National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India, New Delhi

          Convener and Member of Expert Committee for drafting NDMA Guidelines on Urban Flood Disaster Management


               Member, Expert Committee for drafting Manual on Urban Drainage, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India (Note on Return Period and Rainfall Intensity for Drainage Design in India)



·         Water Engineering

o    Urban Water Management

o    Urban Climate systems and Urban Flood Mitigation

o    Urban Drainage and Flood management , Flood Protection Structures

o    Hydrologic Disaster Management

o    Automation and Early Warning Systems for Urban Flood Alerts





·         University of Sheffield, Sheffield, England, UK, Ph.D., Water and Environmental Engineering –Pollutant Modelling in Urban Drainage Systems, 1996

·         Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Chennai, India, M.Tech., Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering, 1987

·         Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, B.Tech., Civil Engineering, 1984



·         UKIERI (British Council) Visiting Fellowship Award, University of Exeter, Exeter, U.K. December 2012.

·         Awarded the ACU “Quality of Life Award” by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, London, UK to carry out research at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K. during May-June 2003: “Investigation of Invert Trap Configuration for Minimization of Overflows by Trapping Sediments in Stormwater Channels”.

·         Awarded the Royal Society (London, UK) fellowship to carry out research at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK during 4th December 2005 to 15th January 2006 : “Optimization of the Use of Stormwater Channel Invert Traps for Urban Indian Catchments”

·         Awarded the ICEWaRM - International Centre for Excellence in Water Resource Management (a Government of Australia initiative) fellowship for academic collaboration at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, during 7th May to 9th June 2006.


 Keynote speaker


·  “Cities Resilient to Floods”, UNESCO special session, 12th International Conference on Urban Drainage, 11-16 September 2011, Porto Alegre, Brazil.


·  "Mitigating Urban Flood Disasters in India", International Urban Water Conference, 15-19 September, 2008, Leuven, Belgium.


·  "Real time Decision Support System for Urban Flood Disaster Management during Extreme Rainfall", 13th National Hydrology Symposium, Delhi, 28-29 August, 2008.


·  " Meeting urban infrastructural challenges of 21st century: efficient sewerage and drainage management", All India Seminar on ”Urbanization in India: Meeting Urban Infrastructural Challenges of the 21st Century: Efficient Sewerage and Drainage Management”, 5-6 June, 2008, Institution of Engineers (India): Kolkata.



Professional Training Courses (CEP)

on  Urban Drainage Management -State-of-the-Art”

          Trained over 1300 officers from over 150 organizations (in 66 JNNURM cities) through 34 courses including UNESCO-WSSC funded international course

          In-house training programs (17) for

         Governments of Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Orissa

         Municipal Corporations of Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Mangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Thane, Guwahati, Chennai

         Greater Mohali Development Authority, Mohali, Punjab

         International Airports Authority of India. Mumbai 

          Open (17) at IIT Bombay

         Attended by officers from almost all cities/states/ organisations as well as private consultants

          International courses at IIT Bombay:


1.     TETT (IWA) International Course (UNESCO-IHP/ WHO_WSSCC) at IITBombay, 5-7 Feb., 2003

2.       OPEN International Programme at IIT Bombay (3–day) 4-6 January 2007



Consultancy Works

Undertaken several consultancy works for mitigating urban flooding and drainage problems in major cities - Mumbai/Navi Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Surat, Chandigarh, etc.


Key Publications

1.     A SVM Based Model for Short-Term Rainfall Forecast at Local Scale in the Mumbai Urban Area (India), 2013, J. Hydrol. Eng., 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000875 (Jul. 4, 2013) (with Nikam, Vinay).

  1. A Methodology for Rapid Inundation Mapping for a Megacity with Sparse Data- Case of Mumbai, India, 2013, IAHS Publ. 357, IAHS, Wallingford, UK, 385-391 (with Nikam, Vinay). 
  2. Hydraulic modelling of flows in Mithi River, Mumbai, 2012, Journal of Indian Water Works Association, XXXXXIV, 3, 228-235 (with Chaudhari P. and Nikam V.)
  3. Hydrological and Hydraulic Modelling for River Sabarmati Stretch in Ahmedabad using HEC-RAS and HEC-HMS, 2010, Water and Energy International, 67, 4, 67-71. (with Kashid SS)
  4. Performance Evaluation Model for Multipurpose Multireservoir System Operation, 2010, International J. of Water Resources Management, 24, 3051-3063. (with Geeta S. Joshi)
  5. Characterization of spatial and temporal distribution of monsoon rainfall over Mumbai, 2009, ISH J. of Hydraulic Engineering, 15, 2, 69-80. (with Lokanadham, B. and Nikam, Vinay)
  6. A simulation model for the operation of multipurpose multireservoir system for River Narmada, India, 2009, J. of Hydro-Environment Research, 3, 96-108. (with Geeta S. Joshi)

8.     Integrated Approaches to Urban Drainage in Thane City, 2009, J. of the Indian Waterworks Association, 41, 1, 59-64. (with Nikam, Vinay and Lalla, K.D.)

9.     Conservation of Thane Creek and Ulhas River Estuary, India, 2009, J. of Environ. Science & Engg., 51, 3, 157-162. (with Nikam, Vinay, Kumar, Arun and Lalla, K.D.)

  1. Transfer Function Formulation of Saint-Venant’s Equations for Modeling Drainage Channel Flow: An Experimental Evaluation, 2008, International J. of Water Resources Management, 22, 1881-1898. (with P. Sreeja)
  2. Urban flood resilience planning and management and lessons for the future: A case of study in Mumbai, India, 2007, Urban Water Journal, 4, 3, 183-194.

12.  An Alternate Approach for Transient Flow Modeling in Urban Drainage Systems, 2007, International J. of Water Resources Management,  21, 7, 1225-1244 (with P. Sreeja)

  1. Flow Modelling of Mithi river in Mumbai Catchment, 2007,Water Practice and Technology, IWA publishing, 2, 2, foi10.2166/wpt.2007.032. (with M. Sharma)

14.  Time and Frequency Domain Approaches for dynamic modeling of detention tank systems, 2006, Journal of Applied Hydrology, 19, 4, 63-73. (with P. Sreeja)

15.  Wastewater Disposal in the Major Cities of India, 2006, International Journal of Environmental Protection, 28, 1 / 2, 57-66.

  1. Modelling of detention tank-gate system using frequency and time domain approach, 2006, ISH J. of Hydraulic Engineering, .12,1,110-120. (with P. Sreeja)

17.  Hydrological Simulation for sizing treatment plant for reducing pollution in Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad (India),2006,  J. of the Indian Waterworks Association, 38, 2, 15-21

18.  The drainage system of Indian cities, 2005, Waterlines: International J. of Appropriate Technologies for Water Supply and Sanitation, 23, 4, 22-24.

19.  Industrial Wastewater Treatment using Subsurface Flow Wetland, 2003, J. of the Indian Waterworks Association, 35, 3, 205-215, (with T.V. Reshmidevi).

20.  Hydraulic Design of a Constructed Wetland for an Urban Area, 2002, J. of the Indian Waterworks Association, 34, 2, 149-152, (with C. Rajeswaramma).

21.  Software review: ILSAX, Software for Urban Drainage Modelling in a Developing Country, 2001, Waterlines: International J. of Appropriate Technologies for Water Supply and Sanitation, 19, 3, 26.

22.  Sizing On-site Detention in a Developing Country using ILSAX: Case Study of Jaipur, India, 2000, Australian J. of Water Resources, 4, 1, 43-50.

23.  Discussion paper on "Use of Regression Models for analyzing Highway Storm-water loads".2000, Journal of Env Eng. (ASCE), 126, 6, 577-579.

24.  Water Quality Management for the Talkatora Lake, Jaipur- A case study, 1999, Water Science and Technology, 40, 2, 29-33, (with A. B. Gupta and R. Jain).

25.  Discussion paper on "Systematic Evaluation of Pollutant Removal by Urban Wet Detention Ponds", 1997, J of Env. Eng. (ASCE), 123, 11, 1167.

26.  Specific Relationships for the First Flush Load in Combined Sewer Flows, 1996, Water Research, 30, 5, 1244-1252 (with A.J. Saul).

27.  Suspended Solids in Combined Sewer Flows, 1996, Water Science and Technology, 33, 9, 93-99 (with A.J. Saul).

28.  Udaipur Water Supply Augmentation Project: Estimation of Yield for Wakal-I Dam, 1992, J. of the Indian Waterworks Association, 24, 3, 253-256, (with K.K Tripathi).

29.  Residential Water Conservation in an Urban Area of Rajasthan: A Pilot Study, 1992, J. of the Indian Waterworks Association, 24, 2, 217-219 (with N.K Purohit, P. Thakkar, and O.P. Chhangani).

30.  Multiobjective Planning in Small Watersheds, 1990, J. of the Inst. of Engineers (India), 70, CV6, 193-196 (with H. Raman and S. Vasudevan).


Refereed conferences/ proceedings


1.     Vulnerability assessment of flood protection structures on Mithi River, Mumbai, India. IWWA 45th Annual Convention, Pune, 10-12 January, 2013 (with K. Mujiburrehman, Nikam V. S)

2.     Technological and Innovative Measures to Improve Flood Disaster Recovery following Mumbai 2005 Mega-flood International Workshop on Disaster Recovery: Used or Misused Development Opportunity, University of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan, 3-4 December 2012 (with Vinay Nikam),

3.     Towards Flood Resilient Cities in India, International Conference on Urban Flood management, UNESCO, Paris, France, 25-27 November 2009,

4.     Realtime rainfall forecast model for extreme monsoon rainfall conditions in an urban area, EWRI- ASCE International Conference on Water Resources and Environment, Chennai, 5-7 January 2010 (with Vinay Nikam)

5.     Rainfall forecast model for extreme monsoon rainfall conditions, 8th International Conference on Urban Drainage Modelling at University of Tokyo, Japan, 7-11 September, 2009 (with Vinay Nikam).

6.     Role of water sensitive urban design (WSUD) in reducing urban flood disasters under extreme monsoon rainfall conditions, WSUD 2009 Conference, Perth, Australia, 5-8 May 2009 (with Vinay Nikam).

7.     Mitigating urban flood disasters in India. (Keynote speaker), International Urban Water Conference, Leuven, Belgium, 15-19 September, 2008.

8.     Strategies for Integrated Urban Drainage Management in Monsoon Rainfall Areas with Special Reference to India, International Symposium on New Directions in Urban Water Management, 12-14 September 2007, UNESCO, Paris, France.

9.     Stormwater Flow Modelling of Mithi River Catchment in Mumbai, Proceedings, 2nd  International Conference on Sewer Operation and Maintenance,Vienna, Austria, 26-28 October 2006 (with M. Sharma).

10.   Optimization of Sediment Trap Configuration using CFD Modeling, Proceedings, 10th International Conference on Urban Drainage, Copenhagen, Denmark, 21-26 August 2005 (with P. Mehta, T. Thinglas, S.J. Tait, V. Stovin).

11.   Dynamic Modeling of Detention Tanks for Flood Control in Urban Drainage Systems in Developing Countries, Proceedings, 10th International Conference on Urban Drainage, Copenhagen, Denmark, 21-26 August 2005 (with Sreeja, P.).

12.   Interactions between Sewers, the Urban Wastewater System and Receiving Waters in Hyderabad, India, Proceedings, 4th International Conference on Sewer Processes and Networks, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, 22-24 November, 2004, 11-20.

13.   An Early Warning System for Improving Resiliency of Transport Systems in Urban Areas during Natural Disasters, Proceedings, World Congress on Natural Disaster Mitigation, New Delhi, India, February 19-22, 2004, 529-532.

14.   Urban Drainage and Flooding Issues in India, presented at WAPUG (Wastewater Planning Users Group) Spring Meeting 2003, Birmingham, England, U.K., 14 May, 2003

15.   Real time control strategy for urban drainage management in India, International Conference on Water and Wastewater: Perspectives of Developing Countries, Delhi, India, 11-13 December, 2002, 351-358. (with Sreeja, P.);

16.   Stormwater management in metros of India, 1st International Conference on Sewer Operation and Maintenance, Bradford, UK, 26-28 November, 2002;

17.   Stormwater Flow Modeling of Catchment 125 (Mumbai) using DRAINS, 1st International Conference on Sewer Operation and Maintenance, Bradford, UK, 26-28 November, 2002; (with Deepak Shukla)

18.   Urban Wetland Design in Developing Countries, 9th International Conf. on Urban Drainage, Portland, Oregon, USA,   8 - 13 Sep 2002,  (with C. Rajeswaramma);

19.   Stormwater management for a Mumbai Suburb (India), 9th International Conf. on Urban Drainage, Portland, Oregon, USA, 8 - 13 Sep 2002, (with C. Hauser);

20.   Problems in Modelling On-Site Detention in A Developing Country: Case study of Jaipur, India, 8th International Conf.  on Urban Storm Drainage, Sydney, AUSTRALIA, 31 August - 3 Sept 1999, pp. 365-372, (with D. Sharma and S. Jain);

21.   Problems in Modelling Stormflows in A Developing Country: Case Study of Jaipur, India, 4th International Conf. On Urban Drainage Modelling, Imperial College, London, UK, 20-24 Sept 1998, pp. 817-822, (with D. Sharma and S. Jain);

22.   Gross solids characteristics and an event based CSO efficiency prediction methodology International Conf. on Urban Drainage Modelling, Imperial College, London, UK, 20-24 Sept 1998, pp. 373-382 (with A.J. Saul and V. Stovin);

23.   Storage Tank Design for The Retention of Pollutants in Urban Drainage Systems, III International Conf. on Environmental Planning and Management, Nagpur, India, 24-26 February, 1996, 342-347.



Last updated: 14 Oct 2013