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Mumbai HC suggests to put a limit of one car per family to tackle traffic congestion

Snapshot: A division bench headed by Justice V.M Kanade directed the BMC (Municipal corporation of Greater Mumbai), Mumbai metropolitan region development authority, state urban develop ministry and Mumbai traffic police to sit and draw a policy on rising traffic issues.

The Hon’ble Bombay High Court suggested Maharashtra government to consider measures like limiting number of vehicles per family in order to tackle the rising traffic congestion in Mumbai, the business capital of India. 

A division bench headed by Justice V.M Kanade directed the BMC (Municipal corporation of Greater Mumbai), Mumbai metropolitan region development authority, state urban develop ministry and Mumbai traffic police to sit and draw a policy on rising traffic issues. The court also proposed to encourage people to use the inland water transport which will help to keep the roads of Mumbai a slightly less congested. 

The Bombay High Court made this suggestion while hearing a PIL (public interest litigation) on the lack of dedicated parking space in the Mumbai city. According to the Hon’ble High Court most of the families have two cars nowadays, which needs to be restricted to only one car per family. Unauthorised parking due to lack of authorised parking space is a serious problem and it is creating an unwanted traffic congestion. 

The court also asked the concerned authority to check if the parked cars under flyovers pose any threat. It also went on and said that around 1,300-1,400 cars are sold daily in Mumbai, and asked the government if it is planning to regulate these numbers.

The court also observed that a decade ago, commuting between Dadar and South Mumbai could have been done within just 20 minutes, which is like dream now. The journey from Juhu to the airport takes unimaginably three hours. While the inland water transport won’t solve all the problems, but it still can provide relief to some extent.

Recently the Hon’ble Supreme court of India imposed a ban on diesel cars above 2000cc in Delhi, but lifted the ban later with a condition of one percent extra cess on the ex-showroom price as green cess. Now with the Bombay high court’s suggestion, if the government draws a policy and enforce a law which doesn’t allow a family to use more than one car, it could be a big blow for the car manufacturers.

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