Dungarpur is situated in the southern most protion of rajasthan. It has been the captial of erstwhile princely state of its name and is now district head quarter. It is located in the Tribal Region, where tribes have been living under neglected conditions from centuries and hav very poor economic conditions. During early days, Dungarpur also functioned as the capital of "Wager Desh". It is a district Head Quarter and market-cum-service centre of its inter land. During the last eight decades, its growth had been constant. Its population increased from 6094 persons in 1901 to 27556 persons in 1981. Thus resulting in about five times increase in eighty years old town is strategically located amidst a narrow valley surrounded by hills from all sides with an opening in the north. This was more significant from defence point which was th most important consideration for location of capital towns during medieval period. The town was established in 1358 A.D. with the fort located atop the hillock and dwelling units at the foothills. The important tanks namely patela Tank, Ghati Talab and Gap Sagar Provided sufficient drinking water for the inhabitants.
The layout of the old town is unplanned. The dominant feature is the Triangular shape of the old settlement due to hills around. Its development is in haphazard manner in which houses divided into blocks of different dimension of varied perimeter and irregular narrow lanes.
New development of the town outside the town outside the walled city was initiated only after partition of the country when collectorate and other important Govt. offices shifted outside the rampart and railway line was introduced. This industrial area, mandi yard, a Degree College, Police line and a number of colonies have developed outside the old city in the north.
However, the new developments are taking place in piecemeal and haphzard way. As a result the problems related to housing congestion , increasing traffic on narrow streets, strangulated junction, unplanned and linear mixed commercial spaces , deficient community facilities and services, and lack of even basic public amenities have emerged. In Order to ensure healthy living for the people, adequate infrasturcture and other urban facilities commensurate with the increasing population of the town are required to be provided. It is with this aim in view, that, the present Master I lan for the town has been envisaged.
In view of the above, the Government of Rajasthan vide its Notification dated 11-2-1988 declared under section 3 of the rajasthan urban improvement Act 1959, an Urban Area of Dungarpur Consisting of 14, revenue village and also enjoined upon the Chief Town Planner to the Government of Rajasthan to prepare a Master Plan for Dungarpur Urban Area. The Town Planning Department conducted physical and socioeconomic surveys and also collected data and information from secondary sources. These have been analysed and transformed into various charts and study sheets which form the basis for the preparation of the Master Plan.
Based on these studies a draft of the Master Plan was prepared for dungarpur, Consisting of four drawings namely Town Map, Existing Land use, Land Use Plan and Urban Area Maps, besides an explanatory text. The Plan anticipated the need of the town upto 2006 AD, With 1987 as the base year.
The Draft Master Plan was notified for public objections comments on 8-6-1989 thirty days time was allowed for filing objection/suggestion. An exhibition of drawings explaning various studies and proposals was also organised in dungarpur Municipal Board office during the above period giving adequate publicity amongst local people. A brief report in Hindi was also published for convenience of the general public.
During this period about 27 suggestions were received from individuals group of individuals and Semi Government bodies. All the objections were scrutinised and studied thoroughly and site inspection were done where ever found necessary. Most of the objection were form the people, who were intersted in getting their land earmarked for residential use. In one case , in a piece of Government land Municipal Board is implementing a residential scheme which was proposed as Parks and open space in the Draft Plan, This Change has been incorporated. Similarly Housing Board has acquired a piece of land proposed for wholesale activities in the Master Plan. This change form wholesale residential has also been incorporated in the final plan.
In view of the above consideration appropriate revision has been incorporated in the Master Plan published for objections/suggestions. The Final text and the master plan document has now been prepared for the horizon year 2006 AD as required under Sub-section (3) of Section 5 of UI Act, 1959. It is now being submitted to the Government as required under Sub-Section (1) of Section 6 of the said Act and in token there of I do hereby affix my signature.