From use of animal driven carts to motor driven vehicles, the mode of transportation has evolved many folds. In series of this evolution, Udaipur too has grown from a small town to a big city. Many changes took place in the recent years in our city; multiplied population, technological advancements, increased needs and wants are few of them.
However, Udaipur’s response to this modernization and its inclination towards automobiles is fastest in the country. Udaipur has the highest density of cars over its population in entire Asia but this is leading to a complete haphazard kind of traffic situation. Major problem faced by people of the city are due to the:
- Unmanageable circles.
- Ever increasing traffic.
- Lack of public awareness.
- Very few abiding by the rule to wear helmets and using seat belts.
- Lack of sensitivity on the part of administration.
- Unnecessary hurry and rash driving.
- Traffic signals not working properly most of the time.
Reviewing the city, we have mentioned the most annoying and unmanageable squares of Udaipur. Moreover, here we present the problems faced at those locations:1) Pratap Nagar circle:
It is one of the most dangerous circles because of the intense heavy vehicle traffic. Merging of Sukher bypass and the east-west corridor of the country this circle holds the maximum traffic in the city. The passage holds the traffic of buses and trucks going to Chittorghar, Bhilwara and Jaipur. It is also the connecting route of the Dabok airport to the city. Moreover, the traffic from Madari Industrial Area (MAI) messes up the condition. Traffic light and traffic rules are mostly broken, which worsens the situation.2) Thokar circle:
Presence of Bus Stand, Railway Station and Industrial Area in the locality and a railway crossing over it burdens this square to an unmatchable situation. An Auto Stand and no space to walk on the footpaths due to the vendor shops over them make this circle a complete chaos.3) Delhi Gate:
Connecting major commercial areas like Bapu Bazar, Ashwini Market with Court Circle, Shastri circle and Suraj Pol lead to a heavy traffic situation on this circle throughout the day. People walk and cross the roads without paying any heed to the signals and Zebra Crossing. Vehicles coming from Shastri Circle and going to Ashwini Market are always in a confusing state about following the traffic light, as the public coming from Suraj Pol do not allow them to cross even if their signal does. Avoidance of traffic rule also deteriorates the condition.4) Location: Sikh Colony Circle, Durga Nursery Road:
The congestion on this circle is due to the heavy traffic load on it. Traffic of roadways buses, daily wage laborers, students from various colleges and institutes, and from the internal areas like Tekari unites at this point. This is also one of the key routes to go to the highways from the city. Traffic signals are absent and traffic police are unable to manage it because of its overload and congested space.
5) Sukhadia Memorial Circle, Durga Nursery Road:
This is one of the busiest three way circles of Udaipur because of the traffic of coaching institutes and colleges in the vicinity. There is no traffic police on this circle most of the time. Traffic from University Road, Ayad, Ashok Nagar and the one coming from Shastri Circle to these areas merge here. All the three routes of the circles contain very heavy traffic and passers-by move on just by their mutual understanding.
We request our readers to abide by the traffic rules and drive safely!