Mumbai: Maharashtra Government is planning to introduce a cess aimed at restricting the number of private vehicles in India’s financial capital.
That the government is considering a ‘congestion tax’, on the lines of one in London, was indicated by Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, during his recent meeting with a World Bank delegation.
Deshmukh told World Bank country director for India, Isabel Guerrero that it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain order on the city’s roads as the number of private vehicles continued to rise, putting existing infrastructure under strain, a state government official said.
Around 600 new vehicles are registered in Mumbai every day, the chief minister said. Deshmukh also spoke about exploring options like elevated traffic corridors to improve the traffic situation.
The state government will need around Rs2.50 lakh crore to improve the city’s infrastructure, which is unable to cope with growing burden, the official quoted Deshmukh as saying.