Governing Board (SCCT)

Surat Climate Change Trust (SCCT) is a city level public trust registered under Bombay Public Trust Act 1950 (Registration No. E-7266/Surat) with its office at City Engineer’s Office, Surat Municipal Corporation, Main Office, Muglisara, Main Road, Surat, Gujarat – 395 003. Surat Climate Change Trust is promoted by multiple city and state level stakeholders led by Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). It includes members from various institutions including Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority, Narmada, Water Resources and Water Supply Department, South Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Academic Instructions (SVNIT and CSS). This is one of the first City level multi-stakeholder trust in India. It was formulated with the following objectives:

  • To engage in policy addressing problems arising out of urbanization and climate change;
  • To facilitate capacity building of City of Surat to address challenges of urbanization and climate change and facilitate / prepare a Roadmap to face these challenges;
  • To take steps for mitigation of natural calamities like floods and to manage emergencies;
  • To support and to undertake interventions that increase resilience of vulnerable sectors and communities in the society to the adverse impacts of urbanization and climate change.
Trustees of SCCT
Shri Milind Torawane, IAS Municipal Commissioner, SMC
Shri Jatin Shah City Engineer, SMC
Shri J. M. Patel Director of Planning, SMC
Shri C. Y. Bhatt Deputy Commissioner, SMC
Shri V. M. Patel Corporator, SMC
Shri V. R. Gajera Corporator, SMC
Shri B. R. Patel Director, GSDMA
Shri K. P. Yagnik CRO,100 RC
Shri Mahendra Katargamwala Vice President, SGCCI
Dr. P. D. Porey Director, SVNIT
Dr. P. K. Singh Director, CSS
Shri R. M. Patel Executive Engineer, NWRWS
Dr. Vikas Desai Technical Director, UHCRC

Climate change is causing uncertainties in precipitation, temperatures and sea level rise. These changes are likely to accelerate over the next century and beyond and may be irreversible. The climate change is expected to impact our primary resources and living environment on a scale unprecedented in the recent period. Climate change is expected to create additional uncertainties in water and food sectors and also expected to increase urban demand on energy. Along with the expanding cities, the growth in number of urban poor, with limited access to basic resources is a matter of serious concern in most of the cities in developing countries.

Considering the close inter-relationship between issues of climate change (CC), urbanization and poverty, the Rockefeller Foundation has launched Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) covering India and South East Asia. ACCCRN programme was built around “building resilience to climate change in mid-sized cities in Asia with a focus on the poor and vulnerable”. The goal of the ACCCRN is to measurably enhance the resilience of selected partner cities’ institutions, systems and structures to the current and future climate risks, and through this, improve the lives of poor and vulnerable people.

Visit the ACCCRN Website


Governing Body

Surat Climate Change Trust (SCCT) is the governing body for UHCRC

Executive Committee

Name Designation
Dr. Hemant Desai Executive Director UHCRC
Deputy Commissioner Health and Hospital-Surat Municipal Corporation
Dr. Ashish Naik Deputy MoH, Surat Municipal Corporation
Dr. Vikas K. Desai Technical Director, UHCRC
Dr. Suresh Kumar Rathi Senior Public Health Consultant, UHCRC

Advisory Committee

Name Designation
Prof. Chetan Vaidya Director, School of Planning and Architecture,
New Delhi, India
Prof. Jagan Shah Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India
Dr. Menno Bouma Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Dr. Mercedes Pascual Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
University of Michigan, USA
Dr. Pate Kolsky Professor, Practice of Environmental Engineering,
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health,
Chapel Hill NC, USA
Dr. Rajesh Kumar Professor and Head, School of Public Health, PGIMER,
Chandigarh, India
Dr. Suresh Joshi Professor, Indian Institute of Health Management Research,
Jaipur, India
Satyakam Joshi Professor- Center for Social Studies-Surat