Chandigarh is one of the most planned towns of India. This is also one of the richest cities witnessing spurt in personal transport. This city needs to scale up its public transport transition.
Air and mobility facts
Vehicle: Galloping numbers
How people travel? Maximum people are on foot, and in public transport
Action on vehicles
- Compulsory ‘Pollution Under Control’ (PUC) certificates for vehicles has been introduced by Chandigarh Traffic Police. Regular monitoring by the Traffic Police ensures reduced pollution of air from vehicles. On an average about 700 challans are issued every year.
- Lead free petrol was introduced in Chandigarh in early 2000. Other clean fuels like LPG are also introduced in city.
- Mobility management: Routes of HTV and interstate buses in the city are specified.
- Cycle tracks have been developed along all major Margs and important Paths in Chandigarh. 116 low floow high quality buses have been introduced
- Chandigarh offered subsidy of 15 per cent on battery-operated vehicles.
The solar-powered rickshaws, launched amid much fanfare last year, are gathering dust. The rickshaw-pullers had complained that the rickshaws were heavy compared to the usual rickshaws. Also, it was not possible to use them after 40 kilometres, as the battery emptied by then and it took almost a day to charge it again.
Studies done in the cities or for the cities: “State of environment of Chandigarh, 2008” - ENVIS CENTRE, Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration