Projects

Quick Win Projects in Udaipur

1. E-Rickshaw Pilot

In the above context, Udaipur Municipal Corporation (UMC) with technical assistance under CapaCITIES project intends to transform its IPT fleet by promoting e-rickshaws in the city and restrict growth of diesel/ petrol based autos. Due to peculiar terrain and user base in Udaipur, UMC was keen to implement an initial pilot to evaluate the technical capacity and workability of e-rickshaws in local context. CapaCITIES project assisted the city to implement the pilot to evaluate the technical capacity and workability of e-rickshaws in the context of Udaipur. This included deployment of 18 e-rickshaws of different types (passenger and freight), specification and technology including lithium ion batteries, with close monitoring for over three months. As part of monitoring, data related to performance and financial indicators was collected for both conventional rickshaws as well as e-rickshaws. This was further complemented with stakeholder assessments. The assessment of results from this initial pilot are acting as a base for city to scale up scale-up the low carbon IPT system especially faster deployment of E-rickshaws.

 

Currently, in absence of a robust public transport system in the Udaipur, Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) caters to the need for mobility of citizens. IPT in Udaipur, majorly consists of auto rickshaws running
on diesel engines, which leads to high emissions and vehicular pollution. As per the RTO (Regional Transport Office) data, Udaipur had more than 6313 auto rickshaws and 2600 tempos (larger autos with 6- 8 seater capacity) in 2012, catering to the local mobility needs. The number of IPT is gradually increasing with time and over 40 per cent of auto rickshaws are more than 10 years old, substantially contributing to the city’s pollution and emissions.

About 150 TPD of waste is generated in Udaipur from a population of about 5 lakh distributed in 55 wards . The average per capita waste generation is estimated to be 300 gm/day in the city. There is no systematic storage and collection practice in Udaipur, with door-to-door waste collection taking place only in a few wards. From the rest of the city, the waste is collected by sweepers from the road periodically – twice a week or once a week. Community bins have been recently installed in a few wards. The collected waste is being directly dumped at the landfill site at Saveena Kheda. This could lead to severe environmental and health impacts in the city. Therefore, it is important to put in place a mechanism for proper collection, transportation, and processing and disposal of municipal solid waste in the City.

Keeping in view the above scenario, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia (ICLEI South Asia) on behalf of Udaipur Municipal Corporation (UMC) and CapaCITIES project implementation agency, invites proposals from technical experts for the ‘Technical design of the biomethanation based decentralized municipal solid waste treatment plant’ (1 TPD).

2. SUNYA – Towards Zero Waste

There is no systematic storage and collection practice in Udaipur, with door-to-door waste collection taking place only in a few wards. From the rest of the city, the waste is collected by sweepers from the road periodically – twice a week or once a week. Community bins have been recently installed in a few wards. The collected waste is being directly dumped at the landfill site at Saveena Kheda. This could lead to severe environmental and health impacts in the city. Therefore, it is important to put in place a mechanism for proper collection, transportation, and processing and disposal of municipal solid waste in the City.

With the objective to support the city in its larger objective of sustainable waste management, with focus on reduction of GHG emissions from waste disposal, the CapaCITIES team along with Udaipur Municipal Corporation (UMC), initiated segregation practices in two wards on a pilot scale. The two
wards with approximately 3500 households and commercial entities were chosen in discussion with the UMC. As a first step towards the initiative, ICLEI South Asia had conducted recce and preliminary discussion with citizens regarding the existing waste management practices in their areas. A quantification and characterization study of the two wards followed, to assess the quantity of waste being generated and the composition of waste. Various IEC activities were conducted from last 7 months in these wards to aware the citizens about waste segregation practice and its benefit to themselves, city and the environment. A set of two dustbins (green and blue) were also provided to 3359 families and 191 shop keepers of ward number 1 and 41 through the project and process for the Decentralized Municipal Solid Waste Treatment Plant is already initiated.