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10815Fwd: [karmayog] State govt might limit number of vehicles to be registered

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  • Thiagarajan Arunachalam
    Jan 6, 2014
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      Good initiative if implemented...

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      Source: Mid-Day

      URL: www.mid-day.com/news/2014/jan/050114-mumbai-state-govt-might-limit-number-of-vehicles-to-be-registered.htm

      Date: 5.01.14

      State govt might limit number of vehicles to be registered

       

      CM Prithviraj Chavan urges government officials to restrict vehicles on the roads to ease traffic congestion and reduce accidents

       

      With Mumbai having more than 20 lakh vehicles, roads in the city are perennially blocked due to heavy traffic congestion and haphazardly parked cars. However, for the first time, the state government seems to be moving towards the idea of putting a cap on the number of vehicles registered in the state.

       

      Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has indicated that even the state government and bureaucrats should look at formulating ways, similar to that of international cities such as Singapore, to tackle the issue. The government there has put a cap on the number of vehicles registered, no matter how wealthy the citizen might be. “They have to get rid their old car and then buy a new one,” said CM Prithviraj Chavan.

       

       

      The number of vehicles plying on Mumbai roads has jumped by 35 per cent over the last few years and there is an accidental death on Indian roads every six minutes. File Pic

       

      The number of vehicles plying on Mumbai roads has jumped by 35 per cent over the last six years. The number of two-wheelers has gone up by 43 per cent while that of cars increased by 34 per cent, making this is a vital move towards reducing congestion in Mumbai. The length and width of roads have not increased much, while prices of four-wheelers have come down and disposable income of people has gone up.

       

      Sources said that the plan to have multistorey parking, too, hasn’t shaped up the way they wanted it to. Due to this, cars get parked on roads and there are no footpaths for pedestrians, leading to accidents, said an official from RTO.

       

      Currently, there is an accidental death on Indian roads every six minutes and this could increase to a death every three minutes in 2020 if preventive steps are not taken.

       

      “Gradually, steps like giving bus drivers odd jobs instead of driving if they are involved in more than five accidents, should be started,” said CM Prithviraj Chavan. These drivers also will be trained on simulators which will be set up in most divisions of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and even BEST bus depots. In addition to this, Andheri RTO will also be getting a simulator soon. The state government is likely to amend the Motor Vehicle Act to allow simulator tests to be good enough for those coming for training.

       

      The authorities also admitted that the number of accidents involving public transport buses, especially MSRTC, is mainly due to drivers’ fault. Home Minister RR Patil agreed that the state transport is running poor quality buses and that there is need for better training for drivers. “We are framing policies for private transporters to operate good quality buses, but our very own MSRTC buses don’t have good quality vehicles,” said RR Patil.

       

      Death by numbers

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      The number of vehicles plying on Mumbai roads has jumped by 35 per cent over the last six years

       

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      The number of two-wheelers has gone up by 43 per cent and the number of cars has come up by 34 per cent. Meanwhile, the length and breadth of roads have not increased much

       

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      Presently, there is an accidental death on Indian roads every six minutes. This can rise to a death every three minutes by 2020 if preventive steps are not taken

       

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      In Mumbai, there were 609 fatal accidents in 2010. By the year 2011, the number of fatal mishaps dropped to 539. This number further came down to 429 in 2012