Hit the brakes on traffic
Fed up of unending snarls, many Mumbaiites say restricting the flow of traffic during peak hours is the answer. Such a scheme was proposed, but the government isn’t keen on it. See graphicsmumbai Updated: Apr 14, 2010 01:29 IST
Bombay Environmental Action Group (BEAG), a city-based non-governmental organisation that is battling to decongest the roads, has filed a public interest litigation seeking implementation of the TRS.
BEAG contended that the scheme was capable of reducing both — vehicular pollution and congestion during peak hours. BEAG’s contention was that less than 10 per cent of Mumbai’s population — which owns and travels in private vehicles — was utilising 90 per cent of road space at the cost of the remaining 90 per cent the population that uses public transport.
The government, while replying to the petition, refused to even experiment with the TRS. Instead, the state is putting its faith in several infrastructure projects and enhancement of the public transport system.
Mumbai First, a Hindustan Times initiative to take the problems faced by the public to the authorities, revealed that residents were willing to experiment with TRS.
Sixty per cent of those surveyed felt the government should levy more taxes on vehicles to encourage people to use public transport in addition to the TRS.