The Government of Rajasthan is committed for all-round development of the State and urban development is one of the focus areas in this ‘people centered’ developmental effort. There has been rapid growth of population in the urban centers of the State as in the other parts of the country and it has become utmost important to enhance the infrastructure facilities to meet the emerging challenges in urban management. In view of the above, Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure Development Project (RUIDP) was taken by the Government of Rajasthan (GoR) as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with support from the Government of India (GoI) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the year 1998.
The ADB funded, RUIDP Phase-I aimed at improving sustainable infrastructure facilities in six major cities of Rajasthan including Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Kota and Udaipur. The Project was designed for enhancing the capacities of urban local bodies (ULBs) and making awareness among community for effective participation. The sub-projects covered under Phase-I included rehabilitation and expansion of urban water supply systems, improvements to the waste water collection and treatment systems, solid waste management, storm water drainage, urban roads and bridges, slum area improvements, fire fighting, emergency medical services and conservation of historical sites.
After successful implementation of Phase-I in six divisional headquarters, GoR initiated Phase-II of RUIDP in the year 2008 in fifteen towns viz., Alwar, Baran-Chabra, Barmer, Bharatpur, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Churu, Dholpur, Jaisalmer, Jhalawar-Jhalarapatan, Karauli, Nagaur, Rajsamand, Sawai Madhopur and Sikar. The project intends to upgrade the infrastructure facilities relating to water supply, solid waste management, wastewater management, roads & bridges, drainage and fire fighting in addition to restoration of selected heritage sites and capacity building of the stakeholders. The project has also taken initiatives to involve the urban local bodies (ULBs) to the extent possible in implementing and managing the project especially in solid waste management and fire fighting facilities.