Ban on heavy vehicles in south Mumbai put on hold till September 22
Shortly after the order was issued, city bus operators had threatened to go on a 48-hour strikemumbai Updated: Sep 18, 2017 17:32 IST
The Mumbai traffic police’s order to overhaul traffic flow in south Mumbai by banning heavy vehicles from entering the area for 17 hours a day and putting parking restrictions on vehicles has now been put on hold till September 22. The police will discuss the matter with stakeholders to see if the policy requires any changes.
Amitesh Kumar, joint commissioner of police (traffic), said, “We will speak to all the stakeholders including bus owners and heavy vehicle owners and take their feedback into consideration till September 22.”
Senior traffic police officials will meet with stakeholders including school bus and heavy vehicle owners. Shortly after the order was issued, city bus operators had threatened to go on a 48-hour strike from Tuesday. “I am not officially informed about any protests but they had asked for discussions. The suggestions were open to invitations,” added Kumar.
Stakeholders from buses, school buses, water tankers, LPG, oil refineries, ready-to-mix plying vehicles are scheduled to meet with the traffic police chief for further discussions.
Following the meetings, the department may revise the order taking into consideration the basic needs of the stakeholders. However, senior officials said it’s not certain if major changes would be made to the order.
Apart from heavy vehicles, other vehicles heading towards south Mumbai were to be allowed only till specific roads between 11am and 5pm. The original order had exempted ST buses, BEST buses, school buses, buses carrying private company’s staff, Mumbai darshan buses, heavy vehicles providing essential services like vegetables, milk, bread and bakery products, drinking water tankers, petrol, diesel, kerosene tankers, ambulance, police vehicles, fire brigade vehicles and government and semi-government vehicles from plying in the restricted area.
The order, issued by the department on September 12, was to be carried on for two months on pilot basis and the police was monitor the situation, if it changes.