City Profile - Rajkot

Rajkot is the fourth largest city in the state of Gujarat. It is one of the fastest growing cities in India, and is making large strides in the fields of infrastructure development and growth. Rajkot’s main economic sectors are its industries, tourism and education. Rajkot is a mission city under the JNNURM, and has more recently been a participant in the national Solar Cities programme. As Step 3 under the Urban Climate project, Coimbatore prepared a detailed energy status and emissions report (2009). This baseline was later profiled as a part of the report ‘Energy and Carbon Emissions Profiles of 54 South Asian Cities’ (ICLEI SA, 2009). Rajkot was also a satellite city under an ICLEI SA project on Low Carbon Cities.


Population (2001): 1,002,000
Area: 104.86 sq km
Wards: 26
Households: 273,154
Slum population: 202,371

Urban Climate project team in Rajkot:

  • D H Brahmbhatt, IAS, Municipal Commissioner
  • Vijay Anadkat, City Engineer
  • B H Rupani, Town Planning Officer
  • Alpana Mitra, Officer on Special Duty

For more information on the UCP and other initiatives in Rajkot, please contact:

Rajkot Municipal Corporation
Dhebharbhai Road, Rajkot



Rajkot Highlights
The Urban Climate project’s objectives continue to be realized in Rajkot, with the city taking large strides in the energy and infrastructure sector. Other clean and efficient energy interventions in Rajkot include:
1 Rajkot is a Solar City under Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s Solar Cities’ Programme (
2 Solar photo voltaics installed at Rajkot Municipal Corporation’s West Zone office!
3 Rajkot was profiled in the report ‘Energy and Carbon Emissions Profiles of 54 South Asian Cities’
4 Rajkot is constructing a 29 km stretch of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) under the JNNURM
5 Solar powered swimming pool at a local Rajkot school
6 A local hospital in Rajkot has installed a waste water recycle and reuse system, cutting their water needs by half!

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Rajkot and Coimbatore, as JNNURM mission cities, really represent what is happening on the ground in Indian cities today, and are well placed to be good models for replication in the rest of the country
Emani Kumar
Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia
The wind-solar PV hybrid system installed in Coimbatore as part of the Urban Climate Project is a real achievement in itself, and we are proud to promote it across the city and region
Anshul Mishra
IAS Municipal Commissioner, Coimbatore
Development that does not address issues of quality of life, pollution and climate change is not true development, and RMC’s efforts, along with the Urban Climate Project, strive to promote sustainable development
Dinesh Brahmbhatt
IAS, Municipal Commissioner, Rajkot
It is about building solutions for future generations and also improving communities in the more immediate, short-term future (and to) join the global effort to combat climate change at a local level
Richard Alden Feldon
International Programs Coordinator, ICLEI USA
The Urban Climate Project is a real model that we need to replicate in other jurisdictions. It is at the local level where transformation is going to take place. This is a century of cities (and) reducing energy costs and improving efficiency: that is the challenge.
David Cadman
Deputy Mayor, City of Vancouver and President, ICLEI
Programs such as the Urban Climate Project enable local elected officials to draw on a tremendous network of best practices.
Martin Chavez
Executive Director, ICLEI USA
Local governments are the innovators and incubators of change in terms of energy efficiency
Valerie Brown
Sustainability Director, Sonoma County, USA
NIUA will disseminate information about the Urban Climate Project to the 65 JNNURM cities through the PEARL network
Chetan Vaidya
Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs
India is a priority country, and clean energy and climate change are priority initiatives
Jeremy Gustafson
Director, Clean Energy and Environment Division, USAID

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