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Apex court panel suggests tax to decongest Delhi

The Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee has mooted the idea to levy congestion tax on vehicles to decongest Delhi roads, reports Bhadra Sinha.

delhi Updated: Aug 31, 2008 23:03 IST
Bhadra Sinha

The Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee has mooted the idea to levy congestion tax on vehicles to decongest Delhi roads.

In its report placed before the National Capital Regional Planning Board (NCRPB), which has submitted a blueprint suggesting solutions to meet the growing demands of Delhiites, the monitoring committee said there should be a cap on the number of private vehicles, the way it is in Singapore and Britain.

Both the countries have resorted to congestion tax on vehicles, disallowing free entry into the city area. “Unfortunately, in India we are slack in this regard. Consequences are obvious road rages and firing incidents over parking,” says the report.

The NCRPB has accepted the committee’s suggestion and included it as one of its suggestions in the blueprint tabled before the apex court.

According to the monitoring committee, the civic development in the city must keep in mind the deprived sections of the society. “Even in modern car dependent economy, 20 to 30 per cent people use bicycle as means of transport. Sixty per cent commuters commute by buses which occupy about 8 per cent of the road space, while 20 per cent people commute through private owned cars, occupying 70 per cent of the road space,” said the committee report.

Emphasising the need for an efficient, reliable and affordable public transport system, the committee has suggested that nobody should be allowed to purchase a vehicle till he surrenders the earlier one in his possession. Also, nobody should be allowed to purchase a car without parking facility.

“Roads are overcrowded and about 1000 automobiles are registered in Delhi itself. There is no space bearing capacity on the roads,” opined the committee members.

The committee, headed by retired bureaucrat Bhure Lal, also suggested not declaring roads having inadequate parking space as commercial.

As parked vehicles are choking the right of way in residential colonies, the committee is of the view that no construction should be approved to all the applicant proves to have created parking space for the number of cars to be parked at the upcoming unit.