Shimla: Vehicular traffic is turning out to be a consistent problem for the citizens of Shimla. After NGTs orders to implement one-way traffic on circular/cart road within the city, now MC Shimla is mulling on the idea of experimenting with Delhi-like odd/even traffic formula in Shimla.

Tikender Singh Panwar, Deputy Mayor, Shimla MC, talking to the press today, stated that “we are keenly observing and eagerly waiting for odd/even formula results in Delhi and if it succeeded, Shimla MC will send a proposal to the state government”

Panwar said that it’s a need of the hour to find solution to the ever growing vehicular traffic in the city. Quoting data from City Mobility Plan, Panwar said that 93 percent people in the city either use public transport or commute on foot, and only seven percent were using personnel vehicles.

Justifying the move to start yellow lines on the circular road, Deputy Mayor stated that decision was taken after due consultation in the MC house of February 2015 and even BJP councilors accorded their approval with a suggestion of parking space for the councilors.

He rejected the allegations of Shimla legislature Suresh Bhardwaj to charge hefty parking fee between Rs 2,400 and Rs 3,000 per month and made clear that for 0-2 hours Rs. 10, 2-4 hours Rs. 20, 4-6 hours Rs. 30, 6-12 hours Rs. 40 and monthly Rs. 600 will be charged.

Tikender Panwar stated that yellow line will pave the way for parking about 850 vehicles and MC is expecting to generate around Rs. 35 lakhs annually.

MC Shimla

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