Surat’s resilience challenges

Surat faces complex number of challenges ranging from shocks such as undiversified economy, water security, flooding and development stresses like –mobility, water quality, social cohesion, and lack of public health facilities.

Surat’s resilience journey

The city of Surat released its first resilience strategy in April 2017.

Surat’s resilience story

Surat has seen an unprecedented growth in the last four decades, recording one of the highest growth rates in the country and a 10-fold population rise. It now ranks as the eighth largest city in the country (Census, 2011). Coupled with this, a spillover of population into the peripheral areas has also been observed. From time to time, the jurisdictional limits of the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) have been extended to include the growth.

Surat’s resilience work builds on years of close collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation, which began with the Asian Cities Climate Change resilience network. The city’s resilience story reflects this through the amazing progress the city has made in understanding its challenges and embracing the holistic thinking and planning that true resilience requires. Through city’s initiatives and actions Suratis addressing a many of its past challenges, particularly city’s water security and flooding challenges.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Kamlesh Yagnik

Chief Resilience Officer

Kamlesh Yagnik has over three decades’ experience in business and consulting. His areas of interest include citywide surveillance, e-Governance, and energy management. As President of the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he represented micro-, small, medium, and large enterprises working in flood-prone areas of South Gujarat, India. An Energy Engineer by training, with a degree from from India’s leading technological institute IIT, Mumbai, Kamlesh is Director of two companies working in the areas of energy, climate change, and information technology.

Kamlesh is a Founder Trustee of Surat Climate Change Trust, the first of its kind in India. He has studied vulnerabilities, impact, and adaptation strategies for climate change in Surat. In collaboration with local government, he has worked on an end-to-end early warning system for river floods. He has also initiated various e-governance projects for city administration and the police department. He has actively contributed to the Surat Solar City Plan of the Surat Municipal Corporation.

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