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Mumbai has 674 vehicles for every km of road

Roads in Mumbai are congested because the number of vehicles per kilometer of road length in the city is a staggering 674.

mumbai Updated: Mar 23, 2012 02:01 IST
Dharmendra Jore

Roads in Mumbai are congested because the number of vehicles per kilometer of road length in the city is a staggering 674. The average figure for the state is much lower, at 78 vehicles per 1,000 meters of road.

The state economic survey released on Thursday in the state legislature reveals that Mumbai had 19.79 lakh vehicles by January this year, which is 10.5% of the state's total of 188.27 lakh vehicles. This means that the state has 16,578 vehicles per lakh of population, an increase of 10.8% over the previous year.

The survey notes that the increasing number of vehicles in the city is cause for concern. Several studies have established that the vehicles are not only adding to air and noise pollution, but also lead to wastage of fuel and the resultant traffic jams consume crores of man hours every year.

The economic survey says in another chapter that measures like using low-sulphur diesel, lead-free petrol, compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas as alternative fuels could reduce air pollution. It also says banning vehicles over 15 years old and converting those eight years old into CNG/LPG-run units will also help a great deal.

The number of two-wheelers in the state have increased by 11.6%, while the number of tractors have gone up by 15.6% over the previous fiscal. Light motor vehicles such as cars, jeeps and taxis have increased by 8.9%.

Among public transport vehicles, the increase in autorickshaws has been minimal, at 1.70%. The state acquired 87 buses last year. Surprisingly, only 10 new ambulances were registered at the state transport offices across the state in 2010-11. The state issued 213.1 lakh valid motor driving licences by the end of March last year. This was 5.9% more than the previous year; 22.89 learning licences were issued in the same period.