India just made it to the Mars orbit! But what about our shorter trips closer to home? All of the major Indian cities are facing the daunting task of managing the mobility of its transport (passenger and goods) system. Jaipur itself has been bearing the brunt of increasing congestion in many parts of the city and the situation is only getting worse. Fortunately, now we see a silver lining.
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.