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Unclogging south Mumbai: Heavy vehicles banned for the next two months

The ban comes at a time when mega projects like Metro construction work are going on in south Mumbai

mumbai Updated: Sep 14, 2017 10:14 IST
Farhan Shaikh
The order was passed by the city’s traffic police on Tuesday.
The order was passed by the city’s traffic police on Tuesday.(HT FILE)

Traffic situation in south Mumbai is likely to get better for motorists if the traffic police’s experiment to overhaul the flow of vehicles succeeds. The department has implemented a ban on heavy vehicles and private buses in south Mumbai from 7am till midnight. 

The order was passed by the city’s traffic police on Tuesday and will be enforced for the next two months. The cops will monitor the situation to see if the move helps unclog the area. 

The ban was an extension of the blanket ban on heavy vehicles which is already in place in the city. While heavy vehicles and private buses are not allowed to ply inside city limits between 7am to 11am and 5pm to 10pm. 

The ban comes at a time when mega projects like Metro construction work is going on in south Mumbai. As per traffic officials, these constructions reduce road space when there is a steep increase in the number of vehicles plying in the city. “The heavy vehicles are only allowed to ply from a minute past midnight (00.01 am) to 6.59 am,” the order read. 

Except for 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 are exempted from the plying restrictions in the city. 

The order issued by Dr Saurabh Tripathi, DCP, traffic headquarters and eastern suburbs, who is also holding the charge of additional commissioner, traffic, has placed restrictions on parking of vehicles in south Mumbai. 

As per the order, “All buses including school buses, buses carrying private companies’ staff, buses for Mumbai darshan and vehicles providing essentials shall only be parked at their privately-owned space or rented spaces or on authorized ‘pay-and-park’ spaces. On-street parking of these vehicles on any other road in Greater Mumbai is totally prohibited.” 

All heavy vehicles, excluding buses, will not be allowed to ply on the Eastern Freeway.  “The objections and suggestions may be conveyed in writing to additional commissioner of police, traffic or on email within 30 days of issuance of this order. On receipt of objections/suggestions, the same would be considered and final permanent notification will be issued thereafter,” read the order issued by Tripathi.