Vehicles increased by more than half in seven years

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Vehicles in Mumbai increase by more than half in seven years

MUMBAI: Mumbai increased its vehicular population by 1.7 lakh in 2013-14, which is 44,000 vehicles more than what was added in the previous financial year. The total number of vehicles in the city is now 23.3 lakh, a 55% increase in seven years, according to data released by the transport department on Thursday.

In the private cars category, the number of vehicles has increased from 4.6 lakh in 2006-07 to 7.21 lakh today. In 2013-14, 50,000 cars and 94,000 two-wheelers were added.

Since vehicles have increased while road length has remained the same, transport experts want a strengthening of the public transport system to discourage citizens from bringing out private cars on the roads.

State transport commissioner V N More said the maximum number of vehicles were registered in the last financial year and that he has sent a proposal to the state government, suggesting measures that will be disincentives for private transport.

Since 2007, the number of private cars in the city has increased by 57%, but the number of autorickshaws (1.18 lakh), taxis (48,871) and BEST buses (4,200, including 282 AC buses) has not increased significantly. "I have proposed a hefty cess on petrol and diesel to dissuade people from driving private cars. I have also supported a huge hike in parking charges," More said. "It is a fact that the average speed of vehicles in urban areas like Mumbai has come down to 20 kmph (from 45 kmph a few years ago). There has been a phenomenal rise in the registration of vehicles at RTOs in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. While I cannot stop anybody from buying a new car, I can only suggest measures to prevent its use."

 

More lamented that there was no scope to increase road length in Mumbai. "But it is possible to strengthen public transport."

Date of Article: 
Friday, April 11, 2014
Source: 
The Times of India