To get a respite from the road congestion that burdens drivers and commuters in the city, Himachal Pradesh government will now brainstorm over the ways to reduce vehicular snarl, in a meeting of committee of secretaries (COS) on Wednesday.
Almost after a gap of around one year, the state government will discuss the issue on the basis of feedback and practices being followed in foreign countries, including China and Singapore.
Every year in the Vidhan Sabha sessions, the legislators have been discussing about the traffic problems and have even stressed on constructing of parking. Officiating chief secretary Vineet Chaudhary said that vehicular traffic was increasing with time.
"We need to think about vehicular traffic and find out solution, besides parking construction," he said.
Practices followed in other countries will also be discussed in the meeting. "In some countries there is a ban on plying private vehicles for a particular time period. To address the issue, we have to strengthen our public transport system, which will also be discussed in the meeting," he said.
Meanwhile, the government had done a study for capital town, Shimla, where traffic is a big issue. Limited roads and increasing number of vehicles are making the movement on road difficult. As per the government record, around 80,000 vehicles are registered in Shimla town, while parking space is only available for less than 900 vehicles.
As per the transport department statistics, there are around 10lakh vehicles registered across the state. Out of these over 2 lakh are cars, 25,000 are other light vehicles, around 4lakh two-wheelers, 75,000 trucks and 14,000 are buses.
In the meeting, power and few departments will take up issues of forest clearances. In want of forest clearances, several projects have been halted in the state, besides, finance secretary will also apprise all the departments about the situation due to unclear picture of centrally sponsored scheme.
After more funds allocated for the state as per the fourteenth finance commission (FFC) recommendations, the Centre is likely to cut down funding under centrally sponsored scheme. Several departments are freeing the loss of funds, which used to come through CSS from the Centre.
"Several departments are in utter confusion about respective CSS and its funding. Principal secretary (finance) will apprise all about the situation," he added.
Stats on March 2014
Heavy goods vehicle 74,796
Motor cab/ taxi 18,598
Motor cycle 2,92,112
Total (including others) 9,74,270