has highest per capita car population in India excluding other vehicles like motor bikes, public transport vehicles etc. Is it just enough a reason to be proud of? Certainly not, because no one you can find saying “I had an enjoyable ride in Udaipur”. The roads of Udaipur are less wide, over crowded with street hawkers, and poor stray animals searching for good quality polythene bags to eat. If we ignore these issues, then we cannot avoid the problem we as a vehicle owner face with each others, often we take wrong over takes, pumping unnecessary horns and over speeding as if we all are part of a James Bond Thriller. Well, for the sake of our higher education and opulence we show off everywhere, I neglect the driving sins we do. But, the only one thing which bother me too much while riding my small little gearless bike is 12/6 seater auto rickshaws, what we call it “Lamba Auto”
I hate riding behind and in front of Lamba Autos, they can do anything, they rule the roads. If they are going smoothly then suddenly they will stop……….here you might hit them but their hulky-bulky body won’t get hurt except some small scratch which they are used to. They are free to turn, stop, speed or slow down anywhere they want. Out of anger, you know we always look angry while driving in Udaipur, ready to fight anytime. Ok, so if out of anger you shout on lamba auto they will smile on you. On the other side, there are also many good points of these 12 seater auto-rickshaws, they are the main transportation source for hundreds and thousands of people who don’t own any private vehicles, my mom takes their service too. They have vast network to easily reach some remote places outside Udaipur, they are affordable and easily available. However, I am little a critic than an admirer of these beasts on roads not just because of their heavy black and yellow body or their irritating sound but because of their unethical driving which many times became a reason of fatal road accidents. Some times before I have read in Times of India
Jaipur edition that Rajasthan State Government is expecting good number of tourists might visit top places in Rajasthan while the 10-days Common Wealth Games going to be held in Delhi from October 3-14. In the process to encourage more tourists visit our state, they are making different efforts in Jaipur, like scrutinizing the quality of road side food stalls etc. I don’t know what they are doing or not for Udaipur, but driving is one of the biggest issue Udaipur is facing and as one of the favorite tourist destination in India there should be more organized, effective and strict rules to be followed by locals, even if it is fully implemented by government or not (like we wear helmets only when we see traffic police on signals). These auto rickshaws are very main source of public transport, but can we find an alternative of it? Even if we find it what will be the surety of its success (local city buses are fail) and what will be going to happen if these auto drivers will lose their brave jobs? There are so many questions striking but I could not think about solution, may be because I am just another Udaipurite who cannot think beyond his job, family, friends and my bike. What do you think? Do we really care about it? Do we need to modernize and bound local public transport effectively?