Udaipur Speaks

Power Consumption in Udaipur

“And God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light, but the Electricity Board said He would have to wait until Thursday to be connected.”
Spike Milligan


These days temperature of Udaipur is on its crest. Due to heavy summer and immense construction work the call for of electricity has increased by 20 %. This year in the month of April the consumption of power was recorded to be 17.47 lakh unit while this data was at 14.58 lakh unit last year in the same month. There is an increase of 86.74 lakh unit in the five G.S.S of 132 KV and Debari 220 KV G.S.S. in the month of March. In march, 2009 the city was provided with power of 437.18 lakh unit whereas in this year 524.18 lakh unit electrical energy was provided in the month of march. Like this there is an increment of about 19.83 % per month in the utilization of power in the city.

Increase in consumption of energy in the month of March:

G.S.S Lakh unit
132 KV reliance 28.16
132 KV Eklinggarh 185.72
132 KV Sukher 71.71
132 KV Pratapnagar 113.73
132 KV Sisarma 96.56
220 KV Debari 93.1

Current utilization of electrical energy per day is 17.47 lakh unit.

Per day utilization last in 2009 was 14.58. lakh unit.

This year in March there is an increase of 2.89 lakh unit burning up of power per day.

The total ability of 132 KV and 220 KV GSS 575 MV. Techinacally udaipur is able to produce such a large amount of electricity till 2020.

As per the above data we can see that as the time pass need of energy increases, but we don’t have sufficient resource to cope up with the amount of power consumed. So we are desperate need to conserve electricity. Following are some ways to conserve electricity.


Cut down on your cooling bill

  • Adjust your air conditioner thermostat to 75 degrees.
  • Use portable fans and ceiling fans to circulate air.
  • Open your windows early in the morning to let cool air in the shut them later in the day when the temperature begins to go up.
  • Close your blinds and curtains in the afternoon to cut back on the amount of sunlight that heats up your home.
  • Use microwaves or fix cold meals on hot days to keep your appliances from warming up your home.
  • Hang your laundry on a clothesline to avoid warming up your home with a clothes dryer.
  • Run your dishwasher, clothes dryer, etc. in the evening when it’s cooler.
  • Plant deciduous trees (trees that have leaves that fall off in autumn) in your yard to provide shade during the summer to cool your home and yard.

Cut down on your heating bill

  • Set your heater’s thermostat to 65 degrees during the day.
  • Set your heater’s thermostat to 55 degrees during the night.
  • Wear extra layers of clothing to keep you warm in cool weather.
  • Open your curtains and blinds during the day to let light in to heat up your home.
  • Close your curtains and blinds as soon as the sun begins to set to keep heat from escaping through the windows.
  • Cook hot meals so your oven and stove can help heat up your home.
  • Plant deciduous trees (trees that have leaves that fall off in autumn) in your yard so that their leaves won’t block the sunlight in winter.
  • Replace your heating system filters every three months.


Cut down your lighting bill

  • Use compact florescent bulbs.  They use less energy and last longer.
  • Turn your lights off whenever you leave the room.
  • Use task lighting instead of lighting up the whole room.
  • Use a dimmer switch or candles for a romantic evening.
  • Use lower watt light bulbs.
  • Use a desk light or lamp on your end table instead of lighting up the whole room.
  • Use exterior security lights with motion sensors instead of leaving your porch light on.
  • Use window treatments that let in lots of light.
  • Install skylights if you can afford it.

Save electricity in your kitchen

  • Use microwaves or fix cold meals to cut back on using electric stoves or ovens.
  • Set your refrigerator thermostat to 40 degrees and use a thermometer to verify that the temperature is correct.
  • Keep your refrigerator door closed as much as possible (keep food in the same place so you won’t have to hunt for it with the door open).
  • Set your freezer thermostat to 5 degrees and use a thermometer to verify that the temperature is correct.
  • Keep your freezer full.  Cold foods keep each other cool.
  • Defrost your freezer before ice builds up to 1/4 inch.
  • Buy EnergyStar compliant refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, microwave ovens, stoves, ovens, etc.  They use less electricity.
  • Run your dishwasher wish a full load.

Conserving energy will help us protect our air, water, soil, wildlife, and pocketbook, so try your best to conserve energy.


Swine Flu

Today the thing which is threatening people the most is H1N1 flu. This virus has spread all across the globe to a large extent. The disease caused due to this virus is named swine flu as its origin is from pig. It’s a very dangerous virus but it can be cured if proper treatment is taken at the initial stage.

Our city is also in hold of this virus. Many people are found positive of H1N1 virus and several died. In Udaipur district men are more caught by H1N1 flu as compared to the number of women. Till now there are 105 positive cases in the district out of which 57 are men while the number of women with this virus is 48. The highest number of positive cases is found among the age group of 26-50. This thing is reveled after examining the reports of the positive patients from 20 August to 27 December. In this research with the M.B. hospital the laboratories under state government were also included. Not only in the district are the number of male victims found larger in the state also. In past four months 2944 patients were found to be positive out of which 1708 were men while the number of women found to be positive was 1236 in Rajasthan. Among these the maximum figure of positive cases are in the age group of 6-15 while in Udaipur district 21 positive cases were found in this age group.

There were 7 positive cases in Rajsamand out of which 1 died likewise in Chittorgarh there were 18 positive cases and 3 died. In Pratapgarh and Dungarpur there was no positive case. In Banswada there was one positive case while in Udaipur city there were 83 positive out of which 7 died.

To fight from H1N1 flu we need to know about the symptoms so that if we are infected by this disease we can take proper treatment on right time.  The symptoms of swine flu are:

  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Lethargy
  • Coughing
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lack of appetite

It is said that prevention is better than cure, so the methods to prevent swine flu are:

  • Covering nose and mouth with a tissue upon coughing and sneezing followed by proper disposal of       the tissue.
  • Avoiding contact with ill persons.
  • Avoiding the urge to touch nose, mouth and eyes in general.
  • Staying home from work and/or school upon onset and for the duration of symptoms.
  • Assuring adequate and thorough handwashing and use of alcohol based hand cleansers (in the absence of proper handwashing facilities).
  • Providing tissues in common areas of homes, common and public areas.
  • Encouraging pursuit of medical evaluation at earliest onset of symptoms.
  • Use of masks to those who are exhibiting symptoms or who are ill.
  • Maintenance of a 3 to 6 foot perimeter around a coughing patient.

Keeping these measures will help to reduce the sum of positive cases. This will help in the development of not only our city but of the whole country. Be careful, take proper preventive measures and contribute in vanishing H1N1 flu.

Udaipur Speaks

Trespassing/Atikraman Problem

In the Venice of east the thing which hurts people is the mess on the roads.  The extended shops on the roads add up to the problems of already existing huge traffic. The condition becomes worse when we land in the core city. This mess is basically due to improper parking of vehicles and due to the extension of the shops by keeping the stock across the limit by the shopkeepers. The common areas having this problem are Dhanmandi at Delhi gate, Ashvini market at Hathipole, Bapu bazaar, and Surajpole.

Municipality is working out to solve this problem by removing the muddle but the condition becomes the same after 2-3 days. The leader of municipality Ms. Rajni Dangi took a round to the interior city to know the condition. She declared it a serious problem and warned the traders not to keep their stock across the limit. She said that if they are found doing so severe action would be taken against them. This problem is massive in the areas like dhanmandi, Maldas Street. Traders in the internal areas keep their stock in such a way that people find it very difficult to drive which increases traffic jams.

Yet the traders continue doing the similar. Cooperation of the traders and the common people is must to work out this problem. Resolving this trouble will be big development of the city traffic control and increase the beauty of our place. Its our humble request to people that they park their vehicles inside the boundary line and to the traders that they keep their stock within the limit this will help in development of our city and will make our place a better place.

Featured Udaipur Speaks

Green udaipur

“We all moan and groan about the loss of the quality of life through the destruction of our ecology, and yet each one of us, in our own little comfortable ways, contributes daily to that destruction. It’s time now to awaken in each one of us the respect and attention our beloved mother deserves.”-

Quote by actor, environmental supporter, Ed Asner

With the increase in pollution all around we need to be more careful towards our environment. In Udaipur, the pollution is increasing swiftly which is a great concern for us. The number of vehicles, the electricity consumption and emission of greenhouse gases by the factories is increasing day by day hence increasing the carbon footprints of every individual. Deforestation and wastage of water is reaching on the peek. Waste from houses is dumped into rivers and lakes which not only pollute the surroundings but it also distort the scenic beauty. We all are in need to show some more interest in escalating foliage in our place. Taking small initiatives by every individual will be greatly effective in protecting our environment. Few ways by which we can make the environment of Udaipur or the whole world rather are:


The common things we can recycle are

  • Aluminum cans
  • Newspapers
  • Steel containers
  • Glass
  • Plastic materials and many more.
  • Changing habits in kitchen: utilize reusable containers for food storage as a substitute of wrapping food in foil or plastic wrap. You can also use unbleached coffee filters, which does not produce the fatal toxin dioxin in its manufacturing. Use rags to clean up spills instead of paper towels, and use biodegradable things.
  • Use cloth bag instead of plastic bags: Plastic bags are non biodegradable even if they say they are they do not decompose totally. Also the ink is made up of cadmium, and is highly toxic when it is released. Whereas paper bags are reusable and biodegradable. However supermarkets use paper that has never been recycled before and they always say “recyclable” not “recycled”. Here is what you can do: if your purchase is small don’t take any bag, this alone could save hundreds of millions of bags. Bring a cloth bag when you shop.
  • Compost: Return your organic waste where it belongs: the soil! Rather than sending banana peels, grass clipping, etc. to the municipal dump, start a compost pile instead. Compost also makes your plants stronger and healthier, reducing the need for fertilizers and chemical pesticides. Don’t forget that many cities have municipal composting programs for your yard waste.


These few things will help to clean our city and will make it more beautiful.

Places to Visit

Sunset Point in Udaipur

The sunset point is the paramount place to see the most beautiful face of Udaipur. This garden is famous for its excellent view to the dusk and the weakly musical fountain show. This show is held every Monday after the twilight. Its located at the southeastern part of Pichola lake by the side of Dudh Talai and ahead of M.L. Verma park. Before the garden there is a ropeway which lands us to Karnimata temple giving an tremendous outlook of the city. This is one of the most frequently visited gardens of Udaipur. It’s a pleasure to our eyes when we perceive the diffused light from the sky during the early evening when the sun is below the horizon and its light is refracted by the earth’s atmosphere. We ublogers advice every visitor to go there and enjoy the intense red and orange hues of the sky at sunset with the fountain dancing on music.

dudh talai

Featured Places to Visit

Sajjangarh palace

5 kilometers to the west of Udaipur there is a hill named Bansdara which is 3100 feet above the sea level. Located at the highest altitude of the hill is the “Sajjangarh Palace” also known as “Monsoon Palace” which gives an excellent view in all the directions.

The best thing about this place is the serpentine road to reach the palace. As this was the highest place in neighborhood, Maharana Sajjan Singhji started the construction of the palace for his summer residence. Original plan for its construction was for nineteen storeyed structure. However, by the time one storey and half was constructed, the Maharana died prematurely in 1884 A.D. and the plans were curtailed. Maharana Fateh Singhji however completed the palace on the hill which contain apartment for ladies, a large Gateway and an enclosing wall.

This is now derelict palace dominates the skyline 2468 feet high atop of bansdara mountain. It is visible from a great distance and affords splendid scenic views which has made it one of the best place of Udaipur. The edifice looks its best during the rainy season which no one would like to miss.


Safety Comes First

We are greatly delighted that Udaipur has become the preeminent tourist spot in the entire world. Whipping all other cities of the world, Udaipur came to the top in the list of tourist attraction. The lakes like Fateh sagar lake, Lake Pichola, Jaisamand lake, Rajsamand lake provides the best scenic beauty in the globe. The fort of Chittorgarh, Kumbalgarh Fort, The City Palace, The Sajjangarh Palace etc. are the places which reflect the folklore and culture of this city. But still there are some things that we need to improve and implement in our city.

I would like to talk about some problems like the presence of drunkards on the tourist spots and public places. And the need to implement better police service in some isolated areas and lonely places.

Firstly, about the presence of drunkards in public places. As Udaipur is the finest sightseer attraction in the world the safety of tourists is an important thing. We find many people drunk in the public places at any time which is perilous for tourists. The shops of alcohol could be found easily even in the suburban areas which is not good for our society. They do not have the fear of police because cops are not strict enough to stop them. We are in a strong need of eliminating drunkards from the tourist spots and public place for the safety of tourist and the common throng. We must all take initiatives to make everyday a dry day and to make every place a better place.

Next is the need of cops in the isolated areas. By this I mean that we need police services not only on the tourist spots but also to the way to the tourist spots. This is because of the above mentioned reasons. If we find people drunk in public places it’s obvious that we could more easily find them in lonely places. We hear many cases of people being looted on gunpoint and beaten up. These things arise fear into a person’s mind henceforth reducing the sum of tourists in the city. The areas like Rani road, way to Badi lake and various lonely places should be given special attention by the cops to stop such offenses. This will give tourists as well as the local multitude a sense of security, which will provide Udaipur a better review from them and will make this city undefeated in the race of traveler’s appeal.

Places to Visit

Gulab Bagh Garden

Sajjan Niwas garden or the Gulab Bagh with an area of 100 acres is perhaps the biggest and best garden in India. Apart from the trees, flowerbeds and a zoo, the garden also has a museum to boast of. The museum, originally known as Victoria Hall Museum, was well known for its collection of antiques and curios. It has now been shifted to Karan Vilas Mahal within the City Palace complex. There is also a public library attached to the garden, which has large volumes and illustrated manuscripts on Indology, Archaeology, and History. The museum, the library and a reading room are all located inside the Victoria Hall. In the month of Shravan (Jul/Aug) a fair is held here on every Monday. It’s the most frequently visited and famous garden of Udaipur. Local multitude often comes here for an evening walk as it provides the best atmosphere for health advantage. During the dawn we often find people doing yoga and various exercises. This largest garden of Udaipur is the best place to see the combination of natural beauty spread all over.