State to appoint a nine-member committee to study parking and traffic congestion woes

The committee will not only identify no-parking zones but suggest measures to enforce parking rules on the zero-tolerance basis

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Day by day, the traffic congestion is increasing in Mumbai as there are no proper parking spots available in the city. Considering the non-availability of parking spots, on Wednesday, the state government informed the Bombay High Court (HC) that it will appoint a nine-member committee of senior bureaucrats who will look into the issues pertaining to the scarcity of parking space and traffic congestion.  

The committee will comprise of senior officials from the traffic police, transport department, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL), BEST undertaking along with an official nominated by the Centre.  

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The committee will not only identify no-parking zones, but also recommend measures to enforce parking rules on zero-tolerance basis.

For now, the experiment will be undertaken only in Mumbai and depending on its success, the same will be replicated in other metro cities. Janhit Manch NGO had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) raising concern about the increasing vehicles especially because of four-wheelers parking in awkward spots. 

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As per the PIL, a query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act revealed that parking-related offences have increased nine-fold during four years before filing the PIL between 2005 and 2009 – from 36,206 to 3,22,932.  

As per the statistics, between 2007 and 2011, the number of vehicles on roads in Mumbai has gone up by 28.95 per cent i.e from 5,03,445 in 2007 to 19,38,661 in 2011. During the same period, the number of vehicles on roads in Thane increased by 35.26 per cent i.e. from 10,25,594 to 13,87,236.

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