Around 58 lakh vehicles, including 32 lakh two-wheelers, ply on the city's roads and the numbers are on the rise.

Odd-even driving rule in Bengaluru too Govt says its open to it
news Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 09:35

The Karnataka government is open to adopting the odd-even driving rule, which Delhi is set to implement for two weeks next year, in Bengaluru,  The New Indian Express reported.

According to the report, Home Minister G Parameshwara told reporters on Wednesday that managing the city’s traffic was a great challenge and that the government was working towards implementing various methods to easing the flow of traffic. 

He said that around 58 lakh vehicles, including 32 lakh two-wheelers, ply on the city's roads and the numbers are on the rise.

The NIE report further states, "According to figures from the Regional Transport Organisation, the number of motor vehicles registered every day in Bengaluru is higher than in Delhi, where the odd/even rule will be implemented from January 1, 2016."

The minister added that the government is planning to revamp the existing Bengaluru Traffic Task Force, which is headed by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. This task force will include the Department of Infrastructure and Urban Development along with other civic agencies, the report states. 

Adding that there was a shortage of police personnel to look after traffic, he said that the government is also planning to hire 16,000 police personnel in the next two years. 

"At the same time, we are drawing up plans to improve infrastructure facilities, including elevated roads to ease traffic," the report quotes Parameshwara as saying.

The Delhi government introduced the odd-even driving rule to reduce the almost alarming levels of air pollution in the national capital. The Delhi High Court had observed, "It seems like we are living in a gas chamber" and had asked the government to observe zero telrance" agaisnt those violating rules.

According to this rule, private vehicles with odd and even registration numbers would be allowed to ply on alternate days on the city’s roads.

The rule will initially be implemented for a period of two-weeks from January 2016 and those found violating could be fined up to Rs 2,000 or even more.  

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