Parking of vehicles is a big menace in most metropolitan cities of our country and Mumbai being the most affected due to metro work happening on Link road and Western Express Highway. There is hardly any road left in Mumbai to drive with most roads encroached by both sides parking and roads dug up for infrastructure projects. Driving too has become dangerous and accidents are on the rise which is a matter of grave concern.
Its time government looks into the menace urgently to incorporate measures in their Development Plan to correct the situation. Underground parking (due to lack of space on roads) and public parking buildings is the need of the hour. People should only be allowed to buy new vehicles if they have parking space in their buildings. The government must make it mandatory to restrict one vehicle per family to ease traffic congestion. People using public vehicles must be given ‘carbon credits’ which could have monetary value that can be exchanged at mall for shopping purposes to encourage them to use public transport. Heavy taxes and duties on cars too would discourage citizens from buying private vehicles. Also, public transport should be improved and made comfortable so that people use them often and rely on their own cars only in cases of emergency or on holidays when there is less traffic on roads.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)