Almost 300 years ago a Rajput King and a Bengali City Architect came together to create a wonder called Pink City “Jaipur”. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II was a visionary and Vidyadhar Bhattacharya was the mastermind behind designing this one of the earliest planned cities of modern India.
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 people and vehicles in Jaipur that is now in millions and counting.
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.
- 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.
- mini bus to ply on BRTS corridors.
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 DOST are solving the traffic problem related to transportation of goods by small commercial trucks in and around Cities. We are asking the question – How can we design a optimised logistics system for B2B goods transportation (Distribution Logistics) which accounts for major traffic of commercial vehicles? How can we use power of technology and enable sharing of the existing resources? and how can we develop local solutions to solve specific local logistics challenges?… and we believe we have designed the solution in the form of a tech enabled transportation platform to optimise distribution logistics. It is called “DOST” meaning friend in hindi. DOST stands for Delivery Optimisation Shared Transportation.
DOST combines smart technology with local knowledge and collaborative approach:
- to efficiently plan the goods traffic in the city.
- to understand freight corridors (from where to where goods move)
- to understand local problems of key logistics hubs in the cities and offers “T2T” tech to truck solution from single platform helping optimisation of delivery and sharing of transportation resources.
Collaborative networks, technology and data analytics will provide information about traffic patterns, business requirements and so on. DOST will use these information to contribute its bit to Sawai Jai Singh’s vision of keeping mobility of traffic in his city easy and help keep his streets wide enough even after 300 years.