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As per census 2011 the urban population of state of Uttarakhand is 30.5 Lakh including cantonments & census towns. The overall urbanisation rate, which is around 30.2%, of Uttarakhand is comparable with the national average of 31.2%. The population growth rate varies across districts and urban areas. However, it is noteworthy that average annual urban growth rate of 4.0% is much high compared to rural growth rate 1.2% of the state.

Urban population of the state is mainly concentrated in bigger towns of Dehradun (5.75 Lakh), Haridwar (2.31 Lakh) and the towns located in agriculturally rich and industrially developed southern part of the state e.g. Rudrapur, Roorkee, Kashipur & Haldwani. However, one may like to visualise the fact that Dehradun, which is state capital and centre of policy making, has experienced drastic enhancement in its urban population. It has grown with an average annual growth rate of over 4% in the last decade i.e. between the Census-2001 and Census-2011.

Apart from the resident urban population, Uttarakhand has number of tourist destinations and places of pilgrimage e.g. Mussoorie, Nainital, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Hamkund Sahib, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Piran Kaliar etc. Consequently, a large number of tourists and pilgrims ply throughout the year. As per figures from the Tourism Department nearly 311.08 Lakh and 268.09 Lakh tourists visited Uttarakhand in the year 2010 and 2011 respectively. These figures, which are nearly 3-times of the whole population of the state itself, are enough to reflect the ‘tourist load’ on urban infrastructure and urban services.

Being a hilly state, most of the urban local bodies are located in the remote hilly area of the state. That is why, Urban Development Planning is a challenging task in the state, and different strategies are required to meet requirements of residents as well as to cater needs of tourists and pilgrims. The topography and geographical features of the state are additional challenges for planners. The effective urban planning and development also gets constrained due to the complex institutional arrangements and multiplicity of organisations in the state.

Urban Development Department (UDD) is the administrative department for local self governments in the state, the Uttarakhand Housing Department plays similar role for the Urban Development Authorities and the Town & Country Planning department, are responsible for urban planning and development control. Further, the Drinking Water (Pey Jal) Department is the administrative department of Uttarakhand Pey Jal Nigam (UPJN) and Jal Sansthan (UJS) those ensure water supply, and sewerage & drainage services to the project towns. Moreover, there are organisations such as the Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board, Public Works Department (PWD), and other line agencies functioning in the urban areas.

The urban sector in Uttarakhand continues to operate under local government legislation inherited from its parent state, Uttar Pradesh. The legacy has continued where effective direction and management of the sector is compromised by the lack of an effective mechanism for inter-departmental allocation of business. Operationally, the allied and compatible businesses of these departments are currently not well aligned, preventing achievement of efficient and effective functioning. 

Vision

integrated development of the urban areas by making the cities vibrant, clean , and infrastructural  strong and to bring about improvement in the service delivery

Objectives

To improve the quality of life of all towns and cities with   emphasis on preservation of their heritage

To provide gainful employment to the urban unemployed or underemployed poor through encouraging the setting up of self employment ventures or provisions of wage employment.

ULB at a Glance 

  1. There are 92 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the state of Uttarakhand
  2. Nagar Nigams (06)
  3. Nagar Palika Parishads (42)
  4. Nagar Panchayats (44)