Rajasthan: Highest solar energy potential in India - 142 GW
Rajasthan shares its border with five major Indian states: Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. An area of 8,380 sq km of the state falls in the National Capital Region (NCR), which is around 24.5% of the total NCR. It has the second largest network of national highways in the country, which provides excellent connectivity to major cities and ports of Gujarat and Maharashtra. The state's total road length is approximately 195,850 km and the rail length is 5,822 km. The state has an international airport, an air-cargo complex and eight inland container depots.
Agriculture sector contributed around 24% to Rajasthan's GDP in 2015-16, with the state being the largest producer of coriander, oilseeds, seed spices and coarse cereals in India. The state provides opportunities in the areas of organic and contract farming as well as in infrastructure developments related to agriculture. Rajasthan is second-largest mineral producing state and sole producer of lead and zinc in India. The state has one of the highest limestone reserves, making it a hub for industries such as cement production. The state is popular for its rich heritage, forts and palaces, and folklore. It attracts a high footfall of tourists, noted about 36.7 mn in 2015. The state is home to India's first successful Japanese industrial park located at Neemrana, spread across 473 ha.
Key upcoming projects include:
- Refinery cum petrochemical Complex in Barmer district with an estimated project cost of USD 6.7 bn
- Industrial areas at Ghiloth, Khushkhera, Karoli and Prahaladpura
- Smart Cities Mission, for which Jaipur, Udaipur, Kota and Ajmer are the cities identified in Rajasthan
Key upcoming industrial corridors:
- 40% (567 km) of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor will pass through Rajasthan
- Under Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), 60% of state area falls in influence zone with 2 investment regions and 3 industrial areas
- Accounts for 90% of India's marble, slate and sandstone production
- Largest producer of blended fabric and wool in India
- India's largest producer of guar gum, mustard seeds, spices, coarse cereals and second largest of milk
- GSDP (Current price)
USD 119 bn (2016-17)
- GSDP growth rate (YoY)
- Per capita income
USD 1,400 (2016-17)
- FDI inflow
USD 1.5 bn (2000-17)
60% of its population lies in the working age group of 15-59 years.
The population of Rajasthan is 68 mn, which is equal to the population of Thailand.
females/ 1000 males
Rajasthan enjoys leading position in production of polyester viscose yarn, synthetic suiting material and processing of low-cost and low-weight fabric. The state is the largest producer of PV suitings in the country. Bhilwara has emerged as India's largest manufacturer of suiting fabrics and yarn. With a network of backward and forward linkages, Rajasthan's textile industry offers significant competitive advantage.
Rajasthan has the presence of over 100 auto-component manufacturing units. Major global auto units have invested in RIICO industrial area in Neemrana, spanning across 472 ha.
With home to 30,000 IT professionals and 20,000 annual intake in computer engineering/ MCA course, Jaipur is a preferred investment destination for first-time investors. The state has established IT Parks in 4 cities. Key IT companies in Rajasthan include Infosys, Genpact and Teleperformance.
A pioneer in the green energy revolution, Rajasthan shines on the solar map of India with 300-330 clear sunny days, comparable to deserts of California and Nevada. Within the state, the districts such as Barmer, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur are the key regions with best solar radiation. Rajasthan is endowed with two critical resources that are essential to solar power production: high level of solar radiation (6-7 kWh/ m2/ day) and large tracts of relatively flat, undeveloped land.
Rajasthan, with an assortment of wide and varied tourism products from heritage sites, serene lakes, wildlife sanctuaries, fairs and festivals, various dance and art forms to royal luxury trains offers a unique and unmatched destination for any tourist visiting the state. Lonely Planet magazine selected Rajasthan as the Best Cultural Destination at the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards in 2013. Over 39 mn tourists visited Rajasthan during 2016.
Bhiwadi, located around 60 km from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, is being developed as an ESDM hub. Basic infrastructure such as power sub stations, roads, drains, power lines, etc. is being developed here. 40 ha. land has been allotted for ELCINA to set-up an electronic manufacturing cluster in this region. Mahindra World City, a multi-product SEZ spread over 1214 ha has been established at Jaipur.
Rajasthan, with its diverse agro-climatic conditions is richly endowed with the cultivation of a variety of crops. Agriculture and allied activities make up for 24% of the state's GDP, with 62% of total working population of the state dependent on this for livelihood. There are five Agro Food Parks in Kota, Jodhpur, Sriganganagar, Alwar and Ajmer. The state has one of the highest livestock populations and produces 10% of India’s total milk output and a third of sheep and goat milk.
Rajasthan as a state accounts for 90% of India’s marble, slate and sandstone production and has monopoly in other ceramic minerals. The state also commands largest on-shore oil reserve in the country. Nearly 500 ceramic units covering value chain are present in the state. Exclusive Ceramic and Glass Zone are being planned at Ghiloth and Sathana.