Thursday, April 10, 2014

Reality of Vibrant Gujarat

Along with my family, I went around Gujarat for around 10 days to cover ancient archaeological sites as well as new sites. The tour served dual purpose:
  • Fun and new place discovery for the family
  • As Chief Minster of Gujarat is aspiring PM candidate in the current assembly election on the development plank, I wanted to get feel of the development in his state.

The infrastructure in the State is in very good shape as both the state as well as national highways are very well maintained. Some local roads in the city need minor attention, but far better than what I have seen in other states. The roads are broad and there are fly overs in the smaller cities to address traffic congestion.



To help people travel in the city of Ahmedabad, the BRTS runs AC buses in the middle of the road on the separate lanes marked for them. This has reduced traffic congestion a lot and local people are happy to use them as they can reach their destinations on time.



In my 10 days of stay I did not witness a single power cut even in the remote areas of the State. The water supply system is in good shape as I could see green fields all over the state where cultivation is possible. The farmer population with electricity and water round the clock.



To check reality I discussed with the locals of several community and according to them:
  • Entire state has 24 hours electricity.
  • Entire state has 24 hours water supply as water from Sardar Sarovar dam has been effectively utilized and reaches even remote parts of the state.
  • Infrastructure is in good shape and development is fast paced
  • The CM is able administrator as he sets development targets for his staff and makes sure that they deliver them on time.
  • Under the current CM's regime there has been no communal violence for past 12 years which has been a constant factor before that.
  • Women feel secure as they can walk alone on the street even as late as 2:00 AM. 
I do not understand statistics, but as per our experience the people in the State are generally happy as they need not worry about the basic necessities and they feel secure.

33 comments:

Lowell said...

It sounds like a good place to live. People need the basic necessities and need to feel safe and secure. I like, too, the idea of buses having their own lanes on the roads!

AmitAag said...

I was in Gujarat in Feb for about a week...and agree with your observations:)

D. Prabhu said...

Nice post. :) Infrastructure in Gujarat state is best. Especially Road are very nice. And yes they have developed tourism industry very nicely.

Beloo Mehra said...

I spent a lot of time in Gujarat for work and pleasure (in different parts of the state, including rural and remote areas) two years ago, and I agree with these observations. A highly informative post!

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Sylvia K said...

It does indeed sound like a good place to live! All of the things you have mentioned are important to the people living in any area! A great post, Rajesh, thank you for sharing!! Hope you and your family have a lovely weekend!

Christian Weiß said...

Sounds like a good place, interesting photos.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It sounds like things are run well -- you are fortunate to be able to check it out for yourself. I love the idea of the middle lane for the bus.

Photo Cache said...

looks like a well managed state.

Ankita Sinha said...

Wow thats quite nice.I wish something like this happens in every corner of India

Jayanta Tewari said...

Thanks for sharing this giving the real picture...

Aritra Chakrabarty said...

I have lived in surat for more than four years, its indeed a very livable and safe place.

MastHoliday said...

Thanks for sharing the realty of Gujarat with us!!
Indeed, Development in Gujarat is highly marching!

Reader Wil said...

This must be the ideal place to live. We all need security and safety! Thank you for this informative post.
Thanks for your visit and comforting comment

Thomas Lee said...

Seems like a nice place to stay with one very able and hardworking CM.

Indrani said...

Wow! Sounds promising.

carol l mckenna said...

Fascinating and informative post ~ love the water buffalo shots ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ xoxo


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Shey Wicklund said...

Nice pictures and a very informative post. Seems like this state is under good management.

Birgitta said...

Sounds like a nice place! Interesting photos!

Linda said...

It sounds like a nice place to live.

'Tsuki said...

Thanks for the tour, and thanks the visit : it is always such a pleasure to leave our own habits to discover yours...

Gemma Wiseman said...

Not only does this look like an attractive area, but it feels appealing. That is so important. A great overvirew.

eileeninmd said...

Thank you for the tour, it sounds like a nice place to live. Have a happy weekend!

Fun60 said...

Maybe this state can advise others on how they have overcome the challenges to achieve this way of life for the residents.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Rajesh on the road again! Thanks for these glimpses of your magnificent country!

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Jim said...

Good post.

Chubby Chieque said...

Looks like Philippines.

I enjoy browsing your blog.

Feels like home.

Hpi Sunday.

thetalesofatraveler.com said...

Wish we have the same in other parts of the country too..

Ab ki baar modi sarkar !!!!

robin. said...

sounds like a place that works. thanks for sharing.

Gillena Cox said...

Nice photos, thanks for sharing

Much love...

Alexa T said...

So positive post... interesting details and aspects from daily life!! Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

P.N. Subramanian said...

I agree wiyh ypu. Overall development is encouraging.

Sudhir R said...

SO nice you could go to Gujarat! Will look forward for the posts.

Wandering Wren said...

Fascinating, I have travelled a bit in India and these roads look good, we have been in many states where constant supply of electricity was an issue. I think the idea of an bus lane is a great one.
I really enjoyed this post, thank you.
Wren x