To deal with rising pollution in the city, the BMC has proposed a ban on registration of new vehicles, implementation of odd-even policy and congestion charges in its draft final report of Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for Mumbai.
Civic officials said it had also proposed some institutional mechanism like setting up a parking and urban transportation wing to deal with the city’s traffic and transportation issues. Additional Municipal Commissioner SVR Srinivas said these suggestions had been mentioned in the draft final report as ‘best global practices’.
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The report has been submitted to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority and traffic police, seeking their suggestions. “Once we get their suggestions, we will prepare the final report and submit it to the state government,” said Srinivas. Civic officials said MMRDA and traffic police were expected to give their suggestions by month-end.
“Tremendous increase was recorded in registration of vehicles, especially after 2009-10, in Mumbai. Around 15 lakh vehicles were registered in 2009-10 and it increased to 22 lakh in 2015. So, there is huge demand, requiring more road space,” said Srinivas, adding that the report also stresses on strengthening urban transport infrastructure.
He said the study was carried out for prioritisation of the projects to be taken up in the coming years.
Now, the projects are carried out in isolation and not prioritised, adding that land-use planning was also studied to propose the transportation plan.
In the ‘Make in Mumbai’ seminar held Monday, CM Devendra Fadnavis stressed the need to integrate all modes of transport, including roads, bridges, bus, metro rail, railway and monorail to achieve seamless mobility.