TAKING FORWARD the decision of soon restricting at least 20 per cent vehicles on roads in Ahmedabad, city municipal commissioner D Thara on Tuesday met Regional Transport Officer (RTO) Harsh Modi. Details of vehicles and numbers registered under different series were sought by the civic body chief.
Confirming the development, Thara said, “The meeting with the RTO was conducted to seek data to analyse vehicles running on the city roads. Decision to keep 20 per cent vehicle off the road would be implemented soon after we analyse data from various departments.”
As reported by The Indian Express on January 2, Thara has planned a scheme to restrict at least 20 per cent cars everyday from the roads based on the last digit of the registration numbers.
According to sources, the municipal commissioner had sought for details of cars registered since 2001 along with the registration series.
This implies that apart from restricting the number of vehicles on roads on particular days, Thara is planning to send notices to owners of old vehicles, probably registered before 2001.
Also, there are plans to decongest certain city areas by making them vehicle free zones during peak hours.
As per the data shared by the RTO with municipal commissioner, 4.5 lakh cars were registered in Ahmedabad since 2001. At present, registration numbers under the series of GJ01RN are issued in the city.
Nearly 10,000 (9999 to be precise) vehicles are registered in one series.
Supporting the plan, Harsh Modi said, “This should have been thought over and implemented earlier. It is high time the commuters should understand that they need to contribute to reducing this traffic chaos on the city roads. Certainly, a plan to suit them would be developed after consultations with all the stakeholders. To begin with keeping 20 per cent vehicles off roads should prove to be an effective mechanism.”
The AMC has also initiated action against illegal parking on city’s busiest roads, for instance, the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway connecting Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.