City Mobility – A rising concern in Jaipur

It is said that Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II was a visionary and a mastermind. No wonder he was if he thought of building a city like Jaipur, most unusual among pre-modern Indian cities. As early as 1727, he designed an entire city in the regularity of networks of streets, and thought to divide it into six sectors by broad streets of 111 ft wide. But even he would not have ever imagined that these broad streets would one day have to cater to the ever increasing number of vehicles in Jaipur that is now two million and counting.

Badi Chaupar, Jaipur

Being an old tier-2 Indian city, Jaipur does have some traffic roundabouts at crucial junctures which contribute to reducing traffic speed, bring spontaneous order and reducing air pollution of the city. However, the city dwellers are failing this design too. The irony is that because of the swelling number of vehicles on city roads the authorities had to install traffic signals at some of these roundabouts, which defeats all its purpose.
A recent report prepared by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) shows that the number of vehicles per 1,000 people in Jaipur is way above Delhi. While the national capital has 332 cars per 1,000 persons, Jaipur has 551 cars.
Every day (report by the Regional Transport Office (RTO), 500 new non-commercial vehicles in Jaipur get registered including two wheelers and four wheelers.
It is quite clear that the current structure of governance for the transport sector is not equipped to deal with the emerging problems of urban transport in the city. In light of this, Jaipur Development Authorities (JDA) has been taking certain decisions to find some remedy to the rise in traffic and reduce congestion in some areas. Some of the measure are…
– not allowing entry of mini trucks in old city during evening peak hours.
– change of the city entry route of all the transport buses coming from Delhi and Agra highways.
– mini bus to ply on BRTS corridors.
– increase parking lots around old city so that people have the option of keeping their vehicles out of the walled city.
– launch a robust integrated public transport system in the city.
Photo courtesy: Jaipur Traffic Police
Even a nonchalant read to any of these points will give one an impression of these steps being nothing more than patchworks. Of course, we can’t lay the entire responsibility of solving the seemingly insurmountable congestion issues on the authorities. We as citizens have to contribute too.
We at Logisure are completely aware about the challenges that most of the urban cities in India are going to face in near future. Hence, Logisure is determined to come up with solutions to the problem of transporting goods within city. We are asking the question – How can we share the existing resources to transport goods between two points in the city?… and we believe we have the answer to it  too.
Smart technology when combined with a network of infrastructure and tempos will make big differences to the city:
– it will let us understand how our cities work.
– it will reduce the number of new trucks on road.
– optimise the utilisation of resources.
– reduce air pollution and increase traffic mobility.
– make city more livable.
Improvement in technology can solve some of the city problems gradually. Collaborative networks and analytic will combine to provide information about traffic patterns, business requirements and so on. Logisure will use these information to contribute its bit to Sawai Jai Singh’s vision of keeping mobility of traffic in his city easy. If Logisure can help keep his streets wide enough even after 300 years, we will be happy.

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