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Telecommunication Industry of Rajasthan – Sound Infrastructure and Well-developed Communication Facilities

The Indian telecommunication industry, with about 525 million mobile phone connections (Dec 2009), is the third largest telecommunication network in the world and the second largest in terms of number of wireless connections.

Telecommunication in Rajasthan

The Indian telecom industry is one of the fastest growing in the world and is projected that India will have ‘billion plus’ mobile users by 2015.

Projection by several leading global consultancies is that India’s telecom network will overtake China’s in the next 10 years.

Telecommunication Industry of Rajasthan

The State offers sound infrastructure and well-developed information and communication facilities. With high penetration rates in both the cellular phones and the internet market, Rajasthan today boasts a competitive business environment for both fixed network and value-added network carriers and service providers while providing high-quality services to consumers and businesses.

According to report Rajasthan have 27,742,395 mobile phone subscriber till September 2009.

Telecommunication Service Providers in Rajasthan

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Airtel, Tata, Reliance, IDEA, MTS, Virgin  are the major telecommunications service providers in Rajasthan which cater to the growing needs of the State.

Internet connectivity is available throughout the State and a state-wide optic fiber cable backbone is in place.

Recently Aircel, India’s 5th largest GSM mobile service provider geared up to expand its 2.5G network in Rajasthan circles too.

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Air Cargo and Inland Container Depots in Rajasthan – Provides Logistics Support to Exporter and Importers

Rajasthan has made notable achievement in improving its infrastructure over the years, this was reflected in the 9th rank as per the Development Index.

Inland Container Depots in Rajasthan

In order to facilitate seamless cargo movement, Inland Container Depots (ICDs) have been set up at Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bhiwadi, Udaipur, Kota and Bhilwara. These are being managed by CWC – a central government undertaking with a wide network of ICDs all over the country.

What is Inland Container Depots ?

Inland Container Depots are running through which logistics supports are given to Exporter and Importers.

It is usually a place where there is no sea port & located in different locations in the country as designated by Indian Customs. Most of them are well connected by rail & serve the importers/exporters who are located away from the seaports. It is a way of decongestant the main ports where containers are kept for customs clearance & inspection.

New ICD Depot for Rajasthan

Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (RIICO) and Kribhco Infrastructure Limited (KRIL) to set up a Rs.150-crore rail-linked inland container depot with allied facilities at Beda Banki village near Hindaun City railway station in Karauli district.

The KRIL also plans to set up a Free Trade Warehousing Zone.

Air Cargo Complex

The air cargo complex at the Sanganer Airport Jaipur provides facilities for customs inspection and shipment of non-bulk goods.

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Rajasthan State Industrial Infrastructure Growth Drivers – SEZs, EPIP, IT Parks etc.

Rajasthan State Industrial and Investment Corporation (RIICO), a State Government agency, has developed more than 300 industrial areas across various parts of Rajasthan. These industrial areas are developed with water, power, roads, shops and telecommunication facilities.

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Currently More than 26633 industries are in production within the industrial areas developed by RIICO in Rajasthan.

Special Purpose Parks

RIICO is presently developing Theme Parks with special set of infrastructure and facilities for establishing industries of the same discipline in various cities of Rajasthan. The location for these industry specific areas are carefully selected after assessing the availability of related resources such as raw material, labor etc.

Some of the Important Parks Developed by RIICO are :

  • Export Promotion Industrial Parks (EPIP), Jaipur, Jodhpur and Neemrana

Export Promotion Industrial Parks have been set up at Sitapura in Jaipur, Neemrana in Alwar and Boranada in Jodhpur. EPIP Jaipur is the largest park in northern India.

  • Special Economic Zones (Jaipur and Jodhpur)

RIICO has set up  Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the State for Gems & Jewellery and Handicrafts at Jaipur and Jodhpur respectively. These zones are  free  from all domestic tax burdens and procedural bottlenecks. To get more information about SEZs,  just check out our article on   SEZs in Rajasthan

Some of the SEZ’s are:

  • Agro Food Parks (Kota, Jodhpur, Sriganganagar & Alwar)
  • Information Technology Parks  (Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota and Udaipur)
  • Gems & Gold Jewelry Complex (Sitapura, Jaipur)
  • Textile City (Bhilwara)
  • Leather Complex (Manpur Macheri, Jaipur)
  • Ceramics Complex (Khara, Bikaner)
  • Minor Mineral Complexes (Karauli, Sawai Madhopur, Dhoinda in Rajsamand and Mitrapura in Dausa).

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Drinking Water Supply Projects – Offer Excellent Opportunities for Investment in Rajasthan

The Rajasthan state is poorly placed in terms of availability of water resources. It has only 1.16% of surface water and 1.70% of the ground water of the country. Average rainfall is 531 mm against national average of 1200 mm. Gross annual draft of ground water in the state is 13 BCM against recharge of 10.4 BCM.

Opportunities for Investors

Due to the water scarcity, Rajasthan is severely affected with drinking water supply problems.  So to resolve this problem, Rajasthan Government has taken up execution of major drinking water supply projects in a big way and there lies excellent opportunities for investment in this sector.

The major drinking water supply projects, as proposed for private investment, are basically of two configurations:

Transmission

The transmission system intends to carry water from the raw water source to different pumping stations.

Cluster Distribution

The cluster distribution system projects involves taking off water from existing transmission systems and conveying it to different villages/habitations in the project area.

Major Water Supply Projects in Rajasthan

A number of major water supply projects have been identified for implementation under public private partnership model.

  1. Mansiwakal Water Supply Project for Udaipur
  2. Bisalpur Jaipur Water Supply Project
  3. Fluoride Control Project for Bhinay-Masooda
  4. Jawai-Pali Pipeline Project
  5. Barmer Lift Canal Water Supply Project
  6. Bisalpur Dudu Phulera Project
  7. Madhopur -Baler Water Supply Project
  8. Churu-Jhunjhunu Water Supply Project Phase-II (Aapni Yojana)
  9. Sarwar-Nasirabad Pipeline Project

Government Initiatives

Rajasthan has demanded special status in terms of drinking water supply while pointing out that the desert State needs Rs.50,000 crore for supply of clean and safe potable water to the remote areas, including Rs.20,000 crore for projects presently under way.

The Rajasthan Government’s Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) has installed over 10,700 new hand-pumps and bore-wells in the State’s urban as well as rural areas this past January under a contingency plan for supply of drinking water.

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Opportunities For Logistic Solution Providers in Rajasthan

Logistics industry involves the integration of information, transportation, inventory, warehousing, material-handling, and packaging.

Logistics Industry in India

As the country’s GDP is growing at over 9 per cent per year and the manufacturing sector is enjoying double digit growth rates, the Indian logistics industry is at the most dynamic point on the graph and is expected to reach a market size of over $125 billion in the year 2010.

Indian logistics industry is growing annually at the rate of 15- 20 percent, reaching revenues of approximately $ 385 bn by 2015.  About 110 logistics parks spread over approximately 3,500 acres at an estimated cost of $1 bn are expected to be operational and an estimated 45 mn ft2 of warehousing space with an investment of $ 500 mn is expected to be developed by various logistics companies by 2012.

Logistics Industry in Rajasthan

Strategically positioned between the industry-laden northern states and critical trade ports of the western states, Rajasthan presents immense opportunities for logistic solution providers to facilitate easy movement of freight.

With the $50 bn Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project on the anvil, the State is bound to witness the up gradation and expansion of its industrial clusters.

Nearly 40% of the Industrial Corridor will pass through Rajasthan, throwing open unparalleled business possibilities in the field of logistics.

The foray of renowned industrial establishments in the State will also give an impetus to opportunities in the logistics sector.

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Solar Energy Plants in Rajasthan – Overview, Opportunities, Government Initiative and Major Investors

The state of Rajasthan is deploying a broad, ambitious solar energy development framework.  According to studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy, Rajasthan receives the second largest amount of solar radiation in the world.

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Government Initiative

The state is preparing to formalize the critical government policies that are needed to catapult these projects off the drawing board.

Such policies will include: land availability secured by the government; guaranteed assistance with transmission lines and interconnection; and, power purchase agreements ensuring that all power produced by solar projects will be purchased at pre-determined rates.

Projects totaling 56MW have been allocated to different developers, including two separate 5MW projects to U.S. developers.  In addition, the Asian Development Bank is funding construction of a 50MW solar project in the state, and this project will be open to competitive bidding.

Opportunities for Investors

The state has a long-term vision to establish itself as a global hub for solar energy production,  Opportunities for investors associated with these projects includes concentrated solar power technologies, photovoltaic equipment, rooftop solar installations, and household solar photovoltaic equipment etc.

Solar Energy Enterprises Zone

In Rajasthan, the State Government plans to establish a Solar Energy Enterprises Zone (SEEZ) in the districts of Barmer, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur by offering a package of incentives to private investors willing to develop various solar power technologies.

Solar Energy to Electrify Offices in Rajasthan

Rajasthan government has decided to tap solar energy to electrify offices of its power company. The solar plant is likely to cut down power cost by more than 70 per cent. The government is also seeking permission for the energy audit of other government buildings.

Major Investors in Solar Energy

Reliance Industries is to establish a five megawatt solar power project at Khimsar in Nagaur district of Rajasthan. The project, the first for Reliance, is set to be commissioned next year.

Broadlands Financial Group based in Villanova, PA, has been selected by Entegra Limited for the construction of a 10 megawatt Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plant in Rajasthan.

Moser Baer Photo Voltaic (MBPV), a wholly owned subsidiary of Moser Baer India, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Rajasthan for setting up of a large solar power project in Rajasthan.

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Road Development Projects in Rajasthan – Public Private Partnership to Boost Growth

Rajasthan provides an opportunity for private enterprises to develop and maintain highways, bridges, bypasses, rail-over bridges and construction of wayside facilities. The state has a successful track record in implementing projects through Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) approach.

Road Construction Projects Aggregating USD 100 million

Rajasthan government has identified a number of road projects aggregating USD 100 million to be implemented through private sector participation. It includes: Five road corridors of a total of over 1000 km linking various National Highways upgraded to expressways.

Mega Highways Project

Road Infrastructure Development Company of Rajasthan Ltd. (RIDCOR) has especially been established as a 50:50 joint venture between the Government of Rajasthan and IL&FS. This ‘Mega Highways Project’ is the largest road sector project in the country taken up in a public private partnership framework.

Road Development Program

A Chief Minister’s Road Development Program has been launched at a cost of Rs. 2300 crore. The components of the program are as follows:

* Construction of 16 ROBs at a cost of Rs. 100 crore
* Construction of cement concrete roads in habitation portions of state highways and major district roads at accost of Rs144 crore
* Upgradation of 4500 kilometers of WBM Roads to bitumen roads at a cost of Rs.412 crore
* Construction of 1000 kilometers of new roads to link places of tourist and religious importance at a cost of Rs. 120 crore
* Development of one road in each district as a model road.

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Rajasthan Retail Industry – Growth Drives, Leading Players and Opportunities

Indian Retail Market (5th largest retail destination globally) has been ranked as the most attractive emerging market for investment.

Retail Industry in Rajasthan

As per a study conducted by the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), the retail sector is expected to contribute to 22 per cent of India’s GDP by 2010. This makes India among the most attractive countries for global retailers.

According to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) as on September 2009, Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in single-brand retail trading, stood at US$ 47.43 million.


The Growth Drivers

This retail growth can be attributed to the several factors including Demography Dynamics: In India, approx 60 per cent of population is below 30 years of age. Double incomes and rise in spending power in most families  is also one of the growth factor.

Retail Industry in Rajasthan

This same growth trend is visible in Rajasthan. With growing purchasing power, the State is showing a tremendous opportunity. The emerging cities and overall economic boom have attracted top retail brands and chain stores to Rajasthan.

Opportunities:

* Chain Stores
* Malls
* Hypermarkets
* Convenience Stores

Major Investors

Reliance

Reliance is one of the biggest players in Rajasthan retail industry. More than 50 Reliance Fresh stores and Reliance Mart have been started in last 5years or less.

AV Birla Group

AV Birla Group has a strong presence in Indian apparel retailing. The brands like Louis Phillipe, Allen Solly, Van Heusen, Peter England are quite popular. It’s also investing in other segments of retail.

Future Group

Future Group, led by its founder and Group CEO, Mr. Kishore Biyani, is one of India’s leading business houses with multiple businesses spanning across the consumption space. The brands like Big Bazaar, Future Bazaar, Pataloon  are  popular in various cities of rajasthan.

In addition, Vishal Mega mart, Hypercity, and many others have their stores in rajasthan.

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Cables and Conductors Production – Backbone of Electrical Industry in Rajasthan

Cables and Conductors Sector in Rajasthan is one of the most rapidly growing industries, accounting approximately 26% of country’s total productions. Currently, more than 150 cable and conductor units are operating in and around Jaipur region.

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In Rajasthan, the present investment stands at Rs 500 crore; exports at Rs10 crore and  nearly 10000 people are employed in this sector.

There is also a planning to have Investment of Rs1000 crore for new cable units at Pathredi in Bhiwadi.  The State is seeking installation of additional power generating capacity of 4500 MW by 2011-2012.

Feeder Reform Programme

The State has undertaken the Feeder Reform Programme with keen interest. Till August 2008, 8474 feeders have been renovated, entailing an expenditure of Rs2633 crore ,and subsequently resulting in a cumulative loss reduction by over 10%

The Reform Programme by the State Government has also opened new markets for investment in cable and conductor industries

In the urban focus programme, segregation of urban feeders from rural feeders has been completed. Obsolete service lines have been replaced by armoured cables, resulting in an overall loss reduction by 20 to 22%.  In the industrial sector, network strengthening has been undertaken which covers 132 KV Sub-station to 400 KV Sub-station.

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Rajasthan Stone Industry – Main Depository of Marble, Granite and Lime Stones

The Indian stone industry has evolved many folds in recent times. Its into the production of blocks, flooring slabs, structural slabs, ready to fix tiles, monuments, tomb stones, sculptures, artifacts, cobbles, cubes, pebbles and landscape garden stones.

Stone_1India is renowned as the home of exquisite natural stones like granite, marble, slate and sandstone accounting 27% of the stone produced and  over 11% of the stone exports across world.

Stone Industry in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is the hub of stone activity in India, accounting for approximately 65% of India’s stone production.

Marble  Stone

Rajasthan is the main depository of marble, reserves currently stand at 1144 million tonne, out of India’s total marble reserves of 2216 million tonne (90% of total marble production of the country)

This industry is spread over the districts of Nagaur, Udaipur, Rajsamand, Banswara, Dungarpur, Jaipur etc. The main varieties in Rajasthan include Green, Makrana Albeta White, Jhiri Onyx, Phalodi Pink, Ambaji White, Indo-Italian, Babarmal Pink, Bhainslana Black, Forest Green, Forest Brown, Agaria White.

Granite and Lime Stone

In Rajasthan, Granite reserves currently stand at 8479 million cubic meters out of India’s total reserves of 42916 million cubic meters and 70% of the country’s Flaggy limestone (Kota stone) reserves from rajasthan.  Other stones include  Sandstone, Slate are also reserves here.

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