Mumbai: Reviewing the traffic congestion problem in Mumbai the Bombay High Court on Tuesday said that Maharashtra government should take effective measures to control the traffic menace in the city. High Court also suggested that the state government should promote inland water transport along with restricting the number of cars per family.

After hearing public interest litigation (PIL) on shortage of designated parking spaces in the city, a bench headed by Justice V M Kanade directed the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, the state Urban Development Ministry and the traffic police to sit together and come up with a plan on traffic policy.

The court said every family has at least 2 cars which should be restricted to one.

“Unauthorised parking due to lack of space is a very serious problem in Mumbai and is the cause of much traffic congestion … A large number of private vehicles enter the city every morning and leave in the evening, but they have no space for parking through the day. The government cannot sit on the problem anymore,” the court said.

“There was a time about a decade ago when one could commute between Dadar and south Mumbai in just 20 minutes. Doing so is unimaginable now.”

Special emphasis on inland water transport was given as a productive measure to improve traffic problem.

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