Before we all step inside the new auspicious year which will come with its own ups and downs, let’s have a quick look at the rear view mirror and remember every little and big change that Jaipur went through in 2017.
1. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Vans
The municipal corporation of Jaipur took a step ahead this year to be a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by introducing garbage pickup vans in the city. The vans provide doorstep, garbage pickup service which is now a reason for a cleaner Jaipur. Ringing the Swachh Bharat anthem daily in the morning which is sort of a nuisance though, has become a convenient source of garbage disposal as well as an unusual morning alarm for many 😉
2. Leopard Safari – Jhalana
Giving tourists another great reason to love Jaipur, Jhalana reserve in the city has started with Leopard Safaris for spotting the magnificent animal. The package has for its users a day and half a day safari under 10K. A perfect blend of adventure and beauty, the 4×4 vehicle is always ready for its riders to witness the wonders of the wildlife.
3. Segway scooter in Amber fort
Adding another amazing travel option for tourists than e-rickshaws and visiting the Amber fort on elephants, the city now has Segway rides for its lovers. With the association with Department of Archaeology and Museums, they are set to provide ‘Joy Rides’ at Amber Fort and Nahargarh. The enthusiasts get to ride segways at Jaleb Chowk in Amber Fort and near Madhvendra Palace at Nahargarh. The rides are charged at an amount of Rs. 200 and they last 3-4 mins.
4. Jaipur Curfew
The city faced a tough time when a curfew was imposed in four police station areas of the city due to mob agitation outside Ramganj police station following an incident of alleged assault of a couple by a police constable in the area. Internet services of the city were suspended to keep situation under control. The ruckus left the city in a tizzy but the problem was soon resolved.
5. Padmavati Ban
Jaipur did not remain aloof from the controversy of the screening of the infamous movie Padmavati. The royals of Jaipur remained aggravated with the projection of Rani Padmini as immoral in Sanjay Leela Bansali’s film ‘Padmavati’.
6. Sculpture Park
Though there are endless reasons to visit Jaipur, another one adding to the list is the Sculpture Park cocooned in the Madhavendra Bhavan of the majestic Nahargarh Fort. Under an initiative of the Government of Rajasthan to boost the popularity of the Fort, this park has now become home for a lot of ravishing contemporary art sculptures. The park is a public-private collaboration between the government of Rajasthan and the non-profit Saat Saath Arts. This park will stand out from other such parks as it is a blend of contemporary art with traditional space.
7. Liquor ban on Highway
Considering the intolerable number of accidents on highways, the Supreme Court ruled against the sale of liquor within 500 m of highways. The order was given to deal with the sale of liquor along and in proximity of highways which provide connectivity between cities, towns and villages. The order does not prohibit licensed establishments within municipal areas and city limits.
The 18-year old HH Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur, was selected in the Indian Polo Team. He was the youngest ever player to represent India in a World Cup match. The XI World Cup Zonal Play Off was held in Iran. The last time India had won the World Cup was in France in 1957 under the captainship of late HH Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur, and now, his great grand son Maharaja Padmanabh Singh became the second player from the erstwhile Jaipur Royal Family to represent the country in the World Cup. He was also invited for the regal Le Bal in Paris this year.
9. First smart city of India
Jaipur is not just beautiful but also smart now with its name among the top six smart cities in the world. Jaipur is the only Indian city to have made it to the list of smart cities all over the globe. It is the only city in the country to operate the smart city infrastructure through a single network.
10. First transgender constable of Rajasthan
Ganga Kumari, became the first transgender to join the Rajasthan Police this year. The 24 year old faced a lot of trouble before Justice Dinesh Mehta issued the order.
This is the first time in Rajasthan and third time in India when a transgender woman has been appointed at a government position.
11. Jaipur’s first pancreas transplant
The year witnessed the first ever pancreas transplant of the city in Eternal Hospital. Organs of a brain dead person were successfully transplanted into a patient with damaged kidneys. This triumph would lead to a boost in healthcare and increased treatment quality in future.
12. Gujar ki Thadi
Developing with the speed of light, Jaipur found solution to the discomfort of traffic jam at the Gujar ki Thadi area. The Bridge that shattered due to heavy rains last year was reconstructed within a few months and opened this year for public for the ease of communication. The development has surely helped with saving a lot of time than being stuck in hours of slow moving traffic.
13. Dravyavati River Project
The Dravyavati river which was depleting in the form of Amanisha Nala was taken into consideration by the JDA and consequently the project to recover the river was given to Tata Projects Limited and Shanghai Urban Construction group. The project was funded this year by National Capital Region planning board with an amount of 240 crores which would surely help with the pace of the project.
14. Annapurna Rasoi
Honorable Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ms Vasundhara Raje announced the launch of 500 mobile kitchen vans, Annapurna Rasoi, to provide with subsidized food across the state this year. With Rs 5 and Rs 8 for breakfast and lunch respectively, the aim is to provide cheap but quality food so that no poor person has to sleep empty stomach 🙂
15. Amber Fort- Traveller’s choice award
Jaipur’s beauty, Amber fort was awarded with the 12th position among 706 landmarks of Asia. TripAdvisor, the travel site, announced this year’s award after gathering reviews and ratings over a 12 month period. Among the 82 countries, India won the choice award for Taj Mahal of Agra and Amber fort of the pink city. The fort also secured the 2nd position of the traveller’s choice awards for the landmarks in India.
16. Car accident in Jaipur
Chomu circle of the city witnessed a grievous car accident this year where 5 members of two families were mashed to death when a truck carrying salt sacks fell over the car. The truck lost its balance due to overload and the car got crushed under it. The people around weren’t even aware of the car till the sacks were removed.
17. Goods and service tax
GST was implemented this year and replaced many indirect taxes. It was passed to make business and taxes simpler and easier. The multi-stage, destination-based tax would be levied on every value addition. It would also improve the collection of taxes as well as boost the development of Indian economy by removing the indirect tax barriers between states and integrating the country through a uniform tax rate.
18. Guinness World Record for the longest Rangoli
Jaipur managed to appear in the Guinness World Record this year for the longest rangoli drawn on a street in the city. Pictures of 65,000 square feet of beautiful designs were shared on social media and were appreciated everywhere. The rangoli was painted by the members and volunteers of Raksha Sevika Samiti and Adarsh Vidya Mandir. The bright colored rangoli covered a stretch of 6 km.