Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Tuesday Mumbai was under no pressure to replicate Delhi’s odd-even formula as Mumbai had a public infrastructure in place. Fadnavis
was speaking on the launch of the Road Safety Week (January 12-19) when he was asked about the Delhi model to curb pollution.
“People (here) are willing to use public transport. We will ensure more public transport is made available…There is no need for an odd-even policy in Mumbai”, said Fadnavis.
The announcement by Fadnavis comes just a day after the Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTP), an umbrella body that coordinates all transport activities for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, decided to examine the feasibility of implementing the odd and even scheme to control traffic congestion levels in Mumbai.
Accordingly, the Mumbai Transformation Support Unit, the government’s think-tank for Mumbai, was also asked to submit a report on feasibility within the next two months.
In order to curb drunk-driving, the Mumbai Traffic Police (MTP) Tuesday launched ‘Alco-Booths’ which will be installed at various outlets. The device, officials claimed, would help patrons gauge alcohol intake. The principle is similar to a breath analyser. If patrons find alcohol consumption has exceeded legal limit they can hail a cab or call for a driver, officials added. A list of taxi services and contact details will be put up near the device.
Apart from this, MTP launched the ‘Traffic Warden Network’. Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Milind Bharambe said traffic wardens comprised volunteers from home guard, trained security guards, college students and residents.
“Currently, Mumbai has only 300 traffic policemen. The network, part of police’s CSR initiatives, will include nearly 800 volunteers to assist the police,” Bharambe said.
A new logo of traffic police was launched on Tuesday evening.
Various initiatives, which will come into place in a few months, were introduced. Officials said they will be starting the e-challan system shortly.
“The e-challan system that was to be rolled out in the first week of January by the state government has been stuck in red tape. With the transport and traffic department clearing the policy from their end, the file is now stuck with the finance department,” said a senior official.
Senior traffic officials announced there will also be nearly 6,200 sss cameras installed across the city and will be additionally putting up nearly 200 Variable Messaging System Boards. “Apart from this, it will also introduce Red Light Violation Camera and Speed Cameras, which will automatically generate an e-challan of the offender,” Bharambe added. Regional Transport Office officials said that in the past two days, 1,126 licenses were cancelled.