Founded in 1727, Jaipur is the largest city in the northern state of Rajasthan and India’s oldest planned city. However, decades of rapid population growth and unplanned development have led to numerous infrastructure challenges, including an overtaxed and underdeveloped transportation system. While gridlocked traffic leads to greater pollution and a decrease in productivity, unsafe driving conditions contributed to a record 3,085 road accidents in 2014, resulting in 844 fatalities. A new metro system has alleviated some congestion, and further extensions are under development.

Jaipur also faces an elevated risk of infectious disease due to high population density and inadequate sanitation systems. These risks are exacerbated by an inadequate health care system. While recent state-level capacity building projects have increased the number of city ambulances and led to a State Commission for Urbanization, officials hope that a formal resilience plan can help the city find more innovative solutions that engage diverse stakeholders.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Disease Outbreak
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Poor Air Quality
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Terrorist Attack

Snapshot of Jaipur

  • 3,100,000

    POPULATION AS OF 2011

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