The Mumbai Metropolitan Region has registered a high rate of growth in the number of vehicles, highlighting the lack of effective public transport and lack of connectivity.
In Navi Mumbai alone, the growth in the number of cars and two wheelers on roads has been more than 15% as compared to the figures of 2009. The number of cars registered here in 2010 was 9,121 and two-wheelers was 11,957. The total number of vehicles on the roads in Navi Mumbai is 2.02 lakh - more than 11% growth since 2009.
Public transport, on the other hand, grew by only 2.3%, according to the latest figures available with the state transport department.
“The reason behind the increasing number of vehicles in Navi Mumbai and other suburbs is poor interconnectivity and lack of good public transport,” Dilip Jadhav, state transport commissioner, said. “People like to park their vehicles at the station and then take a train because taxis and auto rickshaws are not conveniently available.”
Thane, too, showed a spurt in the number of vehicles. The number of two-wheelers increased by 50,354 - that means by more than 7% - and the number of cars increased by 28,550 or by 9.8% compared to 2009.
The situation is not very different in Kalyan, which showed an 8.8% growth in two wheelers while the number of cars has increased by 14.7%. Until March 2010, 24,332 two-wheelers and 5,224 cars were registered in Kalyan. Public transport in Thane has shown more than 5% growth but in Kalyan the growth has been as low as 2.8%.
Transport analyst Arun Mokashi said there was a need to strengthen public transport in Navi Mumbai and improve its connectivity with Mumbai. “People will prefer to own cars and come to their offices in greater Mumbai, because it’s convenient. It’s high time, that our government makes good alternative transport available.”