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.
Air pollution is the fifth largest killer and seventh biggest illness burden in India as estimated by the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) report. The speed at which urban air pollution is growing across our cities is alarming. Severe particulate pollution and newer pollutants like nitrogen oxides, ozone and air toxics are worsening the public health challenge. Vehicles are a special challenge as these are the fastest growing sources of air pollution.