Need to improve public transport before odd-even rule: State to HC
The state government on Thursday informed the Bombay high court (HC) that it was necessary to improve the public transport system before undertaking an exercise to regulate the number of vehicles entering the city by introducing the odd-even formula.
SK Nair, special counsel for the state, said the public transport system in the city is already under tremendous pressure. “Before doing anything else, we have to improve and enhance capacity of the public transport system,” he said. “On an average, each suburban train carries 4,700 commuters as against the capacity of 1,600 and during peak hours. BEST buses carry as many as 12 passengers per square meter, which is double the capacity.”
Nair submitted that the government has appointed two expert committees to discuss ways to enhance capacity of public transport and sought time to place before the court their views.
Nair was responding to two public interest litigations (PILs) about the increasing pollution in the city and consequent decrease in the air quality index. One of the PILs is filed by activist Shadaab Patel, seeking introduction of the odd-even formula to regulate number of four wheelers on roads in Mumbai and improve the city’s air quality index.
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