On April 5, 2017, Mr. Daniel Ziegerer, Head, Swiss Cooperation Office and Counselor, Embassy of Switzerland in India and Mr. Emani Kumar, Executive Director, ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia and Co- Team Leader, CapaCITIES met officials of the Government of Rajasthan and provided them with an overview of the CapaCITIES project. Discussions were also held on cooperation and better project implementation.
A meeting was held with Mr. Manjit Singh, Principal Self Government Department, Government of Rajasthan.
The CapaCITIES project in Rajasthan has begun work on-ground with the first pilot being the deployment of e-rickshaws (18 numbers) in Udaipur, which will also serve as a basis to design an up-scaling project under Smart Cities Mission. The second pilot project will focus on segregation of solid waste at source and implementation of a decentralized waste management system in two municipal wards. The third pilot will be installation of air quality monitoring stations in the city.
The Swiss Indian experts are providing technical assistance for developing bankable projects on several topics – development of a public transport promotion strategy; assessment and development of a DPR for faecal sludge management for the portion of Udaipur city not is covered by underground sewer network; landfill gas assessment, waste characterisation and technical inputs for the tender for closure of the Tithardi dumpsite; and solid waste characterisation and technical inputs to overall waste management strategy for Udaipur.
The technical design and implementation of the above projects will result in showcasing climate resilient infrastructure in Udaipur, which can be replicated in other cities of Rajasthan under the ongoing AMRUT/Smart Cities initiatives. It is also envisaged to conduct city level dialogues in Udaipur and State level stakeholder dialogues in Jaipur, once a year, to disseminate the learnings from the project.
During the meeting with Mr. Munish Kumar Garg, Executive Director of RUDISCO, a discussion on the Housing for All initiative was taken up.It was agreed to explore the possibility of extending the technical assistance from the Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) to the upcoming affordable housing projects. In this regard, the BEEP team will have a separate meeting with Mr Garg.
It was decided to appraise the officials regularly with project updates and seek their valuable inputs from time to time. The team is confident that CapaCITIES will be able to create good examples for the city of Udaipur, which with the support of the State Govt. can be replicated and/or scaled-up by other cities in Rajasthan.