Rajkot, an industrial town famous for its foundry and machine tools industry, is the fourth largest city in the state of Gujarat. It is also a trade centre for the region and is located on the banks of the Aji and Nyari rivers in the peninsular Saurashtra region.

Rajkot lies in a semi-arid climatic zone, with irregular and erratic monsoons that bring in an average annual rainfall of around 590 mm. The city experiences hot, dry summers from mid-March to mid-June, with the temperatures ranging between 24 °C and 42 °C, and generally a mild winter season from November to February, with temperatures varying between 10 °C and 22 °C. Rajkot receives most of its rainfall during the monsoon season between mid-June and October, and is often vulnerable to cyclones from the Arabian Sea in the months after the monsoon season.

Population: 1,286,678 (2011 Census)

Area: 161.86 sq. km. (2020)

No. of wards: 18

Gender ratio: 908/1000 males (2011)

Literacy rate: 82.20% (2011)

Rajkot developed a Climate Resilient City Action Plan in 2018 with support from the CapaCITIES project. The climate action plan was approved by the city council in February 2019 and is available here. The CapaCITIES project also implemented a few quick-win projects and provided technical assistance support to the city. To read more on the climate actions supported or implemented in the city by the project, please click the link on the below.

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Quick-win Projects

Deployed in Area Based Groundwater Recharge Systems

Rajkot lies in an arid zone and faces significant water stress during the summer months but during monsoon season its affected by flooding across several in the city.

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Status: Completed in Phase 1

Sector: Water and Waste water Management

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Renewable Energy Solar PV for Social Housing in Rajkot

Rajkot Municipal Corporation had planned to construct 10000 affordable housing units by 2020. CapaCITIES project created a case for utilizing renewable energy for common utilities in all social housing projects.

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Status: Completed in Phase 1

Sector: Energy

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145kWp Solar PV System in Aji Water Treatment Plant

CapaCITIES project installed 145 kWp solar PV systems to power one of the five water treatment plants under the Rajkot Municipal Corporation as a demonstration project to utilize roof space available with the municipal corporation infrastructure facilities.

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Status: Completed in Phase 1

Sector: Energy

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Installation of Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (AAQMS)

The project helped the city in installing 2 AAQMS stations at Trikon Baug and RMC East Zone Office that can also monitor Particulate Matter (PM2.5, PM10) which is critical information for better mobility plan and effective traffic management.

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Status: Completed in Phase 1

Sector: Air Pollution Monitoring

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Bankable Projects

Feasibility Study to Set up 4MW Solar Power Project

Under the CapaCITIES project, a feasibility study was conducted to set up a new ground based solar power project of 4 MWp capacity at the existing Solid Waste Management facility in Nakarawadi.

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Status: Report Submitted in Phase 1

Sector: Energy

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Feasibility Study to Set up 23 MW Solar Power Project

Rajkot In order to utilize the ground and rooftop space available with the Rajkot Municipal Corporation for solar power projects, a feasibility study was conducted as part of the CapaCITIES project at Sewage (Anandpar, Madhapar) and Water Treatment Plants (Ribeda, Raiyadhar) of Rajkot.

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Status: Report Submitted in Phase 1

Sector: Energy

Development of a Captive Solar Power Plant

The average electricity consumption of Rajkot over the last three years is more than~60 million kwh. The project is supporting development of a 10MW solar plant for captive use of Rajkot Municipal Corporation.

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Status: Phase 2 – Under Progress

Sector: Energy

Technical Assistance

Last-mile Connectivity Along the BRT Stretch and Pre-feasibility of Electrification of the Corridor

CapaCITIES project assessed the feasibility of electrifying the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route and proposed relevant measures to improve ridership along the 10.7 km BRT corridor after studying the need for last mile connectivity.

Status: Completed in Phase 1

Assessment of the Potential for Augmentation of Local Water Resources in Rajkot

Groundwater levels and their quality were studied across Rajkot city, and the potential for local water resource augmentation and groundwater recharge was assessed under the CapaCITIES project.

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Status: Completed in Phase 1

Preparation of an Integrated Solid Waste Management Action Plan for RMC for a 20 Year Planning Horizon

Baseline assessment and analysis was carried out to develop a comprehensive implementation/action plan which considers the impact of the choices of technology for waste management on GHG emissions from the waste sector, in order to ensure climate sensitive solid waste management in the City.

Status: Completed in Phase 1

Detailed Vegetation Analysis in Rajkot

Detailed vegetation analysis has been carried out to help the city identify places as well as tree species for plantation.

Status: Completed in Phase 1