Initiatives - Rajkot

About the Interventions in Rajkot

Interventions undertaken in Rajkot during implementation phase of the project period are diverse as in Coimbatore. The interventions in Rajkot focused on policy interventions and amendments to Rajkot’s building byelaws, with the aim of incorporating clean development strategies in Rajkot’s long term strategic vision. Pilot demonstration projects are now being planned and executed to showcase the benefits that can be potentially obtained through policy implementation.

Interventions in Rajkot

Waste Water Reuse Byelaws: 2009

Draft Complete
Water savings 174 kL / Household
Emissions reduction
0.07 TeCO2 / Year / Household
Potential citywide
emissions reduction:
175 TeCO2 / Year

Under the JNNURM, rainwater harvesting is a mandatory reform that cities must undertake and incorporate into their building byelaws. Water reforms were planned by the RMC under the JNNURM City Development Plan prepared for the city. As a policy intervention under the Urban Climate Project, the importance of building level water management and conservation was addressed.

Salient Features
» Prohibition of the use of potable water for non-potable uses
» Stringent standards for the reuse of grey water in buildings

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Waste Water Reuse Pilot Project: 2010


A residential township in Rajkot has been chosen as the site of a pilot demonstration project, in order to showcase the benefits of water conservation, reuse and management. The pilot project implements the stipulations in the waste water reuse byelaws.

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Rajkot Green Building Norms: 2010

Draft Complete
Water savings 130 kL / Household
Emissions reduction
8 TeCO2 / Household / Year
Potential reduction:
19767 TeCO2 / Year

Recognizing the need for building sector energy consumption to be addressed at the local level across the entire city, in 2010, Rajkot municipal corporation (RMC) decided to undertake an exercise in the development of green building norms applicable for all building structures, in order to set local benchmarks for minimum acceptable performance in water and energy usage in residential structures.

Salient Features
» Aims to set local benchmarks for minimum acceptable performance in water and energy usage
» Covering three categories: site design, building design and water management
» Points system to achieve compliance
» Simple system to be implemented with existing RMC capacity

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Rajkot Greening Guidelines: 2010

Draft Complete
Energy savings 0.084 TeCO2 / Tree / Year

With the guidance of ICLEI SA and the services of an external expert consultant in 2009, the Rajkot Municipal Corporation, developed ‘greening guidelines’ for the city.

Salient Features
» To strategically increase green cover in the city over a long term
» Outlines methods of measuring, maintaining and increasing Rajkot’s green cover
» Key: preparation of a ‘Green Cover Development Plan’

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HVFA Concrete Based Pavement: 2010

Under review

Technical studies for the use of high volume fly ash concrete based pavement design and implementation in
Rajkot is planned. The project is expected to be finalized towards the end of 2010.

Solar billboard at Rajkot Corporation office:2011

Project complete
Energy savings 248 kWh / Year
Emissions reduction
0.21 TeCO2 / Year

A 165 Wp solar powered bill board was installed at the Central Zone office building of the Rajkot corporation to display the variety of solar applications, specifically solar photo voltaics. The bill board will also increase awareness in the community through display of information about pressing climate and public issues.

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Roof top solar PV system:2011

Project complete
Energy savings 12,000 kWh / Year
Emissions reduction
9.6 TeCO2 / Year

The Rajkot Municipal Corporation has taken several initiatives to set an example to the local community about incorporating clean energy and efficient mechanisms within city operations. Adding to other solar photo voltaic systems already installed in the corporation’s other offices, an 8kWp SPV power plant in the Krishnanagar City Civic Centre of Rajkot Municipal Corporation was installed in early 2011.

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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
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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