No warning or prevention signs at tourists spots: Authorities taking no action!

Udaipur being the most preferred tourist destination particularly in the monsoon season is attracting large number of people all around the world. Not only the tourists but locals also frequently visit lakes and other beautiful spots in large numbers during monsoons. However, the biggest issue is that, there are no restrictions on taking pictures and selfies on these sites, which sometimes becomes a reason of unwanted accidents.

Observing the picturesque beauty of lakes, valleys and other such picnic spots, people generally forget to notice danger zones and blind spots which has ended lives of many people in the past. Also, the increasing craze of photography and selfies is the major reason behind such unacceptable accidents.

risky zones

In a meeting held in the month of March, between Tourism Development board and UIT & Nagar Nigam, it was decided to place warning boards near lakes, hilly regions and tourist places. However, till date no action has been taken in this regard. Observing the increasing number of selfie-deaths, a meeting by tourism department will be held on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. to take more stringent actions.

Administration and people must take collective action to prevent such mishaps in  future. Authorities must appoint guards at highly risky areas, together with placing warning signs . Moreover, people must show responsive attitude while visiting such places.

क्या उदयपुर की इमारतें सूरत जैसे अग्निकांड का इंतज़ार कर रही हैं?

पिछले दिनों सूरत में लापरवाही और गैर ज़िम्मेदारी के चलते महाभयंकर अग्नि काण्ड हुआ जिसके चलते 22 बच्चो कि जान चली गयी। “पर ये तो सूरत में हुआ न! उदयपुर में क्या हुआ? कुछ नहीं! तो ध्यान देने की क्या ज़रूरत! नहीं?”

फिर अभी पिछले हफ्ते शहर में एम बी हॉस्पिटल रोड स्थित अलंकार प्लाज़ा बिल्डिंग में किराए पर संचालित मेडिसेंटर लैब के प्रथम तल पर गुरूवार तड़के 6 बजे आग लग गयी। आग का कारण शार्ट- सर्किट बताया गया है। करीब एक घंटे का समय और 7 दमकल गाड़ियां लगीं  आग पर पूरी तरह काबू पाने में। सुबह लैब बंद होने की वजह से जनहानी की कोई खबर नहीं है। पास ही पेट्रोल पंप होने के कारण दमकल विभाग ने एहतियात के तौर पर चार अतिरिक्त गाड़ियों का इंतज़ाम करवाया। शायद अकल्पनीय है कि अगर आग का पेट्रोल पंप की तरफ बढ़ना होता तो कितना बड़ा हादसा हो सकता था!

सूरत के भीषण अग्निकांड के बाद प्रशासन द्वारा सुध संभालते- संभालते भी शहर में हादसा हो ही गया। इस हादसे से पर तो बिना किसी हताहतों के काबू पा लिया गया पर क्या हर बार ऐसा होगा? उसकी ज़िम्मेदारी कौन लेगा? जब इस आग कि गर्मी प्रशासन तक पहुंची तब प्रशासन कि नींद खुली और पिछले दिनों इसी सुध के चलते शहर में शुक्रवार को शास्त्री सर्किल स्थित  विशाल मेगा मार्ट और शनिवार को सुखाड़िया सर्किल स्तिथ बिग बाज़ार को फायर फाइटिंग सिस्टम न होने और कुछ और भी सुरक्षा कारणों के चलते सीज़ कर लिया गया। अग्निशमन अधिकारी जलज घसिया का कहना है कि दोनों इमारतों के संचालकों को तीन बार नोटिस जारी किया गया था जिनके चलते उचित कदम उठाना तो दूर, उनका जवाब तक नहीं दिया गया। और वही हुआ 338 में से उन 282 नोटिस का भी ,जो नगर निगम ने शहर भर में भवनों का निरीक्षण  करके भेजे थे। शोध करके यह भी सामने आया कि 155 इमारतें हैं, जो नगर विकास प्रन्यास के अधीन आती हैं और जिनमें फायर फाइटिंग सिस्टम का अभाव है। इनकी सूची यूआईटी को भेज दी गयी थी परन्तु उनके द्वारा किसी भी प्रकार कि कार्यवाही नहीं की गयी है।

प्रशासन कि काबिलियत पर किसी को शक नहीं पर 2019 में जहाँ तकनीक आसमान छू रही है, क्या हम सिर्फ सेफ्टी सिस्टम जैसी आवश्यकताओं की वजह से सैकड़ो जानें दाव पर लगा सकते हैं ? हम जानते हैं  कि बिग बाज़ार और विशाल मेगा मार्ट जैसे नामचीन ब्रांड और इनकी ईमारतों में इतना सामान और भीड़ होती है एक बार अगर अग्निकांड जैसा कभी कुछ हो भी जाए तो जनहानि आग से ज़्यादा भगदड़ से होगी। और अगर नामचीन इमारतों का यह हाल है तो बाकी ईमारतों से हम क्या उम्मीद रखें? अब देखना यह है कि अब जो यह नींद खुली है, जो कार्यवाही चली है, जो फाइल बनी है, यह कितने दिन तक चलता है और इसके फलस्वरूप उदयपुर कितना “स्मार्ट” बनता है।

What’s the Difference between Nagar Nigam and UIT in Udaipur?

Confused about what is UIT and Nagar Nigam and what is the difference between both of these government organizations? Then this article is entirely for you. This article explains the meaning, roles, and difference between both the organizations.

Nagar Nigam

What is Nagar Nigam?

Nagar Nigam is called by different names such as the municipal corporation, City Corporation, Mahanagar Palika, Mahanagar Nigam, or Nagara Sabha. It is a local government body in India that administers urban areas with a population of more than a million. Whereas the urban local body that administers with more than 15,000 and less than 25,000 inhabitants is classified as a “Nagar panchayat” or “Nagar Parishad”. Nagar Nigam works for providing necessary community services such as health care, educational institution, housing, transport etc. by collecting property tax and fixed grant from the State Government.

Nagar Nigam is headed by the Mayor who in Udaipur is Mr. Chandrasingh Kothari, elected in the year 2014. And the tenure of the same is five years. In some states and Union Territories, the role of Mayor is often ceremonial as the executive powers are with the Municipal Commissioner who is Mr. Siddharth Sihag in Udaipur.

Source: Patrika

Roles and responsibilities

  • Urban planning including town planning.
  • Regulation of land-use and construction of buildings.
  • Planning for economic and social development.
  • Water supply for domestic, industrial and commercial purposes.
  • Public health, sanitation conservancy, and solid waste management.
  • Fire services
  • Urban forestry, protection of the environment and promotion of ecological aspects.
  • Safeguarding the interests of weaker sections of society, including the handicapped and mentally retarded.
  • Slum improvement and up-gradation.
  • Urban poverty alleviation.
  • Provision of urban amenities and facilities such as parks, gardens, playgrounds.
  • Promotion of cultural, educational and aesthetic aspects.
  • Burials and burial grounds – cremations, cremation grounds, and electric crematoriums.
  • Cattle pounds – prevention of cruelty to animals.
  • Vital statistics including registration of births and deaths.
  • Public amenities including street lighting, parking lots, bus stops and public conveniences.
  • Regulation of slaughter houses and tanneries.

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Organizational structure

Website – Udaipur Municipal Corporation

Address of the Nagar Nigam Office – 21, Nagar Palika Link Rd, Palika Bazar, Townhall, Shakti Nagar, Udaipur


Urban Improvement Trust (UIT)

What is Urban Improvement trust?

Urban Improvement Trust works on the Urban Improvement trust act. These improvement trusts were created and entrusted with town improvement schemes, town expansion schemes and provision of essential services, amenities, etc.

Source: udaipurtimes

Roles and responsibility

  • Nazul lands (The land situated beyond two miles of the Municipal limits, which has escheated to the State Government and has not already been appropriated by the State Government for any purpose.)
  • Transfer of private street or square to Trust
  • Provisions of a drain or water work to replace another situated on a land.
  • Has the power to turn or close a street or square.
  • To make surveys or contribute towards them
  • Has the power to purchase or lease by agreement
  • Has the power to restrict any improvement in urban areas
  • Restriction on change of use of land and power of State Government to allow the change in use of land.
  • Power to prevent or demolish a building.
  • Can order to demolish a building.
  • Power to stop improper use of land or buildings in urban areas
  • Power to stop building operations
  • Encroachment or obstruction on public land.

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Organizational structure

Source: UIT Udaipur

Website – Urban Improvement Trust, Udaipur

Address of the UIT Office – UIT Circle, Moti Magri road, Udaipur


Difference between UIT and Nagar Nigam

The functions of both of these government bodies are distinctly the same, but there are several factors and points that draw a line between both of these organizations.




Nagar Nigam




Mode of Selection (Members)






Periphery of development


Mostly functions within the City


Mostly functions in the Outer regions of the city





Town planning, Road Constructions, Development of Basic amenities

Maintenance of specific areas such as parks, parking, etc., Provision of important services such as water supply, fire services, etc.



Taxes such as property tax and receives a fixed grant from State Government

Doesn’t receive Grants from the government, collect revenue by lease, application for land conversions, etc.
Constitution A part of the constitution Not a part of the constitution


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Bid Goodbye to the Poor Roads in Udaipur | UIT Approves 20 Crore for Development Works

Poor road conditions lead to too many problems for the citizens. Especially during the monsoon, people living at a distance from the city face the problem of potholes filled with water which can lead to accidents. Well, it seems like the problem has reached the ears of authorities, somehow. And for the same, a budget of 20 crores has been approved by UIT. It was passed during the provision of the budget for the financial year 2018-19.

Source: Patrika

Talking about the roads, new roads would be constructed in various areas of the city such as:

  • Hada Rani Circle to the gate of Krishi Upaj Mandi
  • 80 feet road at railway crossing opposite Jadaav Nursery
  • The road below Madri underpass
  • Amberi to Bhuwana
  • Pula crossing to Fatehpura crossing which will go towards the end of Dewali
  • Road under south extension in EWS colony

Along with the road construction work, other development works would be initiated as well like strengthening of roads and drainage system. Improvement in roads and proper drainage system will reduce the problem of traffic to a great extent.

The electricity system of the city is taken into account as well wherein electricity system will be repaired in various parts of the city and a provision will lead to decorative electric poles in the important parts of the city.

Looks like long drive season is approaching soon!

UIT BUDGET 2018 | The annual budget of Urban Improvement Trust

The annual budget of Urban Improvement Trust becomes an eagerly awaited event for Udaipurites as it reveals how the city is going to be developed in a different way. In the Urban Improvement Trust, Udaipur for the next financial year the expenditure is 309crore while the revenue income is 308 crores. The budget this year is 20.17 crore more than that of last year. The biggest portion of budget i.e. 82.82 crores is to be spent on houses for the needy.UIT BUDGET 2018 | The annual budget of Urban Improvement Trust

Housing Scheme| Budget

According to Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, one survey has shown that 4800 houses are needed in the city and efforts are to be made to provide them soon. Under the new housing schemes, about 3500 houses are to be built in Umarda, Titardi, and Bhilon ka Bedla. Tenders have already been invited for the construction of 984 flats on an area of 4379 hectares near Umarda railway station.

The work on 304 EWAS flats under the proposed Mukhyamantri Aawas Yojana at the cost of 1200 lac in Dangion ki Pancholi would start in April this year and will be completed in about two years in the surrounding areas of Udaipur city. Under the mega housing scheme, 1696 houses in Bedwas and 464 in Satodi Magri Bedwas are to be handed over to the allottee in the next financial year. This year 1900 houses are to be built under the Shahri Jan Awas Yojana.

The budget for Roads and bridges and underpasses

Construction of roads, over bridges, and underpasses is to get priority. For smooth traffic, an underpass in Sector 9 Hiranmagri, RK Puram, and Gokul Village is to be built at a cost of 2.25 crore. Rupees 2.60 crores are to be spent on the road from NH8 to Bhuwana. A 100 ft. road to connect Bhuwana Chouraha to Bedla Pulia is to be built at a cost of 1.1 crores. An amount of 1.48 cr is proposed to be spent on construction of 160 ft. link road between Aapni Dhani and Old RTO office Dhikali. This would reduce the pressure of traffic on Pratap Nagar road as those living in these areas would use this road. Rupees 1 crore is to be spent for linking the roads from NH76 to Gewa Aawas to Pindwara bypass.

For extension of the two-lane road from Rampura Chouraha to Sisarma a sum of rupees, 1.1 crore is to be spent. An amount of 56 lacs has been proposed for Manoharpura Chikalwas road. Rupees 1.10 crore have been earmarked for improvement of the road from Devdham to Mewar Hospital and to one from Paras Tiraha to Reti Stand. For the repair of Rani Road, 1.9 crore has been allotted. The construction of overbridge at Thokar Chouraha gets 3 crores.

Rupees 325.86 lac have been earmarked for construction of ‘nullah’ by the side of 100 ft. road in Shrinath Nagar Bedwas, and 100 ft. road from J.C Bose Hostel to Mali Colony. Extending the proposed 100 ft. road between Bedwas Mount View School and Mega Aawas Yojana to Pindwara Bypass would cost 1 crore. An amount of 260 lac is to be spent on the road for those entering the city from the side of Jodhpur and Abu Road.

The budget for Tourism| Development of Tourism in The City

A lot of projects are being undertaken for the development of tourism in the city. There would be plantation on the road to Neemach Mata, High-tech musical fountains are to be set up in Rajiv Gandhi Park and Vibhuti Park. Jogi Talab, Badgaon Hills, Badbadeshwar Mahadev Mandir, Amrakhji dumping yard, Nandeshwar Mandir and Thoor ki Paal are to be developed. The amount earmarked for Nandeshwar and Thoor ki Paal is 60 lacs, for Badbadeshwar Mahadev is 1.8 crore, for Amrakhji and Hirwa Ground 75 lac and for development of Badgaon Hill and dumping yard as tourist spots Rs. 75 lacs.

UIT initially proposed to spend 5 crores on the construction of a flyover on the Pratapnagar Chouraha. But on the insistence of Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, the amount was raised to 15 crores. The construction work of this project would take a practical shape only after the completion of Debari-Kaya bypass. UIT has decided to complete the survey, demarcation, utility shifting etc. in advance.

UIT is also to focus attention on the development of 130 villages that fall in its periphery. Rupees 9 crore is to be spent on construction of link roads, CC roads, drains etc. in these villages.

It is proposed to spend 10 crores on solving the problem of water supply in areas of Pratap Nagar, Bedwas etc. The budget has also been set aside for water supply in colonies near Rakampura, Bedwas (375 lac), Housing colony of Satodi Magri (110 lac), Mukhyamatri Jan Aawas Yojana in South Extension (3 crores) and other areas (1.95 crores).

It is proposed to spend 5 crores in addition to the amount sanctioned in the Smart Project for the development of Ayad river in works such as the construction of boundary wall, ancients, fencing, and plantation.

The budget for several other programs

Budget has also been earmarked for several other programs such as provision of facilities in Govt. schools (2.6 crore), consultancy of development projects (50 lac), development of Shamshans and Kabristan (56 lac), drainage and electrification (13.15 crore), repair of Udaisagar Paal, development of Roopsagar Talab, construction of ‘nullah’ in areas of Madri-Manwakheda and R.K Chouraha, Mewar Hospital, Mewar Hospital, Meera Nagar, Bhuwana, and construction of playground in Savina.

It is also proposed to set up a statue of Maharana Bhupal Singh in Govt. MB Hospital and that of Sant Chatarsingh Bhoj.

The budget allotted in different hands is development of Nyas Yojanas (3673 lac), development of road network and Chourahas (2781 lac), affordable housing project (8282 lac), conversion (1363 lac), water supply project (1045 lac), development of ‘Kuchi Bastis” (10 lac), Sahabhagita Yojana (30 lac), cleanliness of roads (100 lac), and non-plan item (8872 lac).

According to UIT Chairman, Ravindra Shrimali, the budget has been prepared to keep in view all the sections of the society and the whole city. Efforts are being made to provide houses for all. Construction of roads is being taken up for better transportation. Steps are being taken to boost tourism in the city. Priority is being given to the development of road network and housing. Home Minister Kataria is of the opinion that the UIT budget would help in the all-round development of the city. There would be no shortage of money for development.

[Photos] Painting Exhibition at Fatehsagar Paal

UIT alongwith District Administration organized a 2 Day Painting Exhibition at Fatehsagar Paal where more than 40 Artists Participated. For all those who have missed here are the glimpses of nearly All the Paintings Displayed at Fatehsagar Pal.

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Photos by: Aman Bhandari