pankajPankajkumar Sampat is Associate Professor, Centre for Energy, Environment, Urban Governance and Infrastructure Development at ASCI. He has over 29 years of a rich experience in urban development including water supply, town planning, and buildings.

Basically he is a civil engineer (1986) S.P. University, an Infrastructure Planner M. Plan (2009), and PhD (2016) CEPT University, Gujarat, India. His doctoral work: ‘Quantification of Municipal Water Supply and Role of metering in Large Indian cities’ is an interdisciplinary work with emphasis on quantification issues where he developed water accounting following United Nations methodology, as the original contribution.

He has worked as a Vice President-Planning, GIFTCL-India, contributed in developing India’s first International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) a smart-city green-field project popularly known as GIFT city. He was first Town Planning Officer of GIFT city (May 2012 to June 2015) and sanctioned the two towers 120 m high and 1.2 million BUA tallest buildings in Gujarat, largest data centre in India having 900 racks capacity, fuel station and school building, also planned and designed affordable housing scheme of 1130 units in GIFT city, developed ODAS-online Development Approval System, techno-legal evaluation of GIFT master plan and appeal to Airport Authority of India to get further building height approval. Established accreditation of professionals and developed institutional relationship with NIRMA and IIM-A for Skill Development. At various local governments in Gujarat, as an engineer in charge, he has constructed indoor stadium having 1500 seating capacity, water supply schemes, water supply control and management including scarcity periods, material purchase etc.

Pankaj is now pioneering the idea of Integrated Water Accounting Platform-IWAP to audiences across the globe. IWAP is a concept to integrate leak detection & prevention and water accounting, using GIS and GPS technologies. This shall be useful to optimise municipal water supply systems by reducing water losses through a proactive management. It is a multi disciplinary research work. It was presented most recently in the Asian International Conference on ‘Water Security and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in Asia’, at Bangkok in November 2016, funded by DAAD, Germany. It was presented to Aadvisor to Chief Minister, GoG, conference on ‘Water Audit for Today and Tomorrow’ in Mumbai, Universities in Australia-UNSW, Melbourne, Macquarie Research centre. The concept and suggestions were agreed and accepted in principle. This idea was shortlisted in top seventy five at national level competition-Power of Idea.

Currently he is working in the area of (1) optimisation of urban water supply system and (2) smart city development program, committed to capacity building with the objective of ensuring to bring real change in the urban water management by addressing issues like inefficiency and accountability reducing UFW, NRW with the application of integrated approach, blending conventional practice and wisdom with appropriate technology in a cost effective manner.

Pankajkumar Sampat PhD, CEPT University, Gujarat Associate Professor Urban Development Area Centre for Energy, Environment, Urban Governance and Infrastructure Ph:+91-40-66534340 email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.