Easing traffic the Beijing way impractical for Mumbai says government
Traffic curbs suggested by the Bombay High Court to reduce congestion in Mumbai has been termed impractical by Maharashtra.
On June 10, the court had asked the state to try out a traffic restraint scheme. It entailed private vehicles bearing registration numbers ending in particular digits are kept off the road on certain days of the week.
A similar scheme was successfully implemented in Beijing during the run up to the 2008 Olympics—about 800,000 cars were kept off the road each day of the week.
Indian cities were originally designed as compact entities to reduce travel trip length. But with rapid urbanization and motorization, our sprawling cities are becoming victims of killer pollution, congestion, and a crippling oil guzzling, car dependent infrastructure that endangers our quality of life.