The Government of Rajasthan has taken up Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure Development Project (RUIDP) with the loan assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB) to address the situation in selected cities / towns of the State. The expected outcome of the project is to improve urban environment, public health and living conditions of the citizens of the project cities / towns as well as to increase tourism potential.
Under RUIDP Phase-I, six divisional headquarters – Ajmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, & Udaipur were identified for focused investment in important urban infrastructure sectors benefitting a population of 52.93 Lacs as per the 2001 census. These cities / towns are the administrative, industrial, commercial nerve centres of the State besides being important tourist centres. They hold significant importance from cultural, business and historical point of view. The Project Cost of Phase-I was US$ 362 million and project interventions were made in various sectors including water supply, wastewater management, urban transport and roads, drainage, cultural heritage, solid waste management, fire fighting, slum improvement and emergency medical services.
RUIDP Phase-II of the project has a total estimated cost of US$ 390 million to finance the infrastructure investments and capacity development to support urban institutional, financial and service delivery reforms of Government of India. Under Phase-II, 15 towns namely Alwar, Baran, Barmer, Bharatpur, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Churu, Dholpur, Jaisalmer, Jhalawar-Jhalrapatan, Karauli, Nagaur, Rajsamand, Sawai Madhopur, and Sikar have been selected. All these towns are district headquarters having tourism potential and project intends to support their growth potential and poverty reduction. A total population of 1.6 million is getting benefitted due to the project interventions in water supply, wastewater management, urban transport and roads, drainage, solid waste management, fire fighting and cultural heritage.
Learning from the experience of implementation of Phase II, the new urban development initiatives have being taken in RUIDP Phase-III to complement the past and ongoing efforts of Government of Rajasthan to improve service delivery in water supply and sewerage sectors to the residents of selected towns of Rajasthan. The total program size of Phase-III is of US$ 610 million of which project component will be utilized in water distribution network improvements and sewerage systems in the six project cities namely Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh, Jhunjhunu, Pali, Bhilwara and Tonk. The Program component will support policy reforms and consolidate institutional development and governance improvement in the urban sector in the state.
On world scenario, the urban areas are becoming centres of economic growth. Because of the rapid growth and urbanization, there has been an increased pressure on the urban infrastructure facilities. Citing this growth, the Government of Rajasthan (GoR) took Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure Development Project (RUIDP) with the loan assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB), to provide integrated quality infrastructural facilities in six divisional headquarters of the State and with the further requirement it was extended to 15 more towns under RUIDP Phase-II Rajasthan Urban Sector Development & Investment Programme (RUSDIP).