The state government has rejected the Bombay High Court’s suggestion to implement the Traffic Restraint Scheme (TRS) to decongest the city’s roads.
It would try to provide better and augmented infrastructure rather than bringing in a restrictive regulation, the state home department said in its affidavit submitted on Wednesday.
According to the scheme, private vehicles ending with certain numbers will be off the roads once a week during peak hours — 9 am to 7 pm.
Vehicles with number plates ending with 1 and 2 will be barred on Mondays, 3 and 4 on Tuesday, 5 and 6 on Wednesday, 7 and 8 on Thursday and 9 and 0 on Friday.
On June 11, the high court had asked the state government to implement TRS on an experimental basis while hearing a petition filed by NGO Bombay Environmental Action Group.
But in its affidavit the home department cited several measures it has undertaken to ensure smooth flow of traffic in the city and why the implementation of the TRS was “unnecessary”.
The government will put forward a proposal to not allow vehicles over 20 years old to ply in the city during weekdays before the state cabinet for approval, said the affidavit filed by Deputy Secretary (Home) Jyotiram Chavan.
A high occupancy vehicle lane on main roads and highways is expected to be in place within six months, the affidavit added.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has also taken up a feasibility study for Bus Rapid Transit System, dedicated lanes for public transport buses, on both Eastern and Western Express Highways.
The affidavit said the Monorail and Metro are scheduled to become operational by January and May 2011 respectively, the Bandra-Worli sealink has already been opened for traffic and the process for finalising the tender for its next leg — the Worli-Haji Ali link — has also started.
In addition, several flyovers and freeways on both the highways have been built to improve the public transport system in the city, the affidavit said.
Efforts were also on to improve the suburban railway service, it added.