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1295780 vehicles registered in J&K till August, 602645 in Jammu district
Vehicular Population explosion!
10/7/2015 11:12:42 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik
Early Times Report
Srinagar Oct 7: As a matter of concern for the Jammuites, the Jammu District of the state is heading towards the vehicular population explosion due to excessive registration of new vehicles. By ending August 2015, out of 1295780 registered vehicles in J&K, Jammu District has 602645 Vehicles and if the same trend of registration of new vehicles continued, the state of Jammu and Kashmir will have 1575000 vehicles in next three years and more than half of those vehicles will be in Jammu District.
In response to CQ No. 47 of MLC Charanjeet Singh, Minister for Transport Abdul Gani Kohli informed the House that 12,95,780 vehicles have been registered by Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) up to August 2015. He said on an average about 1.10 lakh vehicles have been annually added to vehicle population during last three years, adding that at this pace total population of vehicles would reach 15,75,000 vehicles approximately in next three years.
The Minister said that the Government has constituted a High Powered Committee of 10 members vide order No. 132-PD of 2012 Dated 3-12-2012 under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary for implementation of comprehensive mobility plan for twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar, but surprisingly even after nearly three years the said committee failed to suggest any measures to overcome the problems caused due to vehicular population explosion.
"We have engaged RITES to suggest measures for planning better traffic and transportation facilities in cities of Jammu and Srinagar---- the agency has submitted its report in the context of planning of Mobility Plan for the two cities, which is being examined for effective implementation" said the minister, adding that various steps have been taken to reduce traffic congestion .
"For all non-commercial vehicles it has been made mandatory to have PUC certificate from Pollution Control Units and all commercial/passenger vehicles beyond 15 years of age are subjected to mechanical fitness every six months to upkeep mechanical condition of vehicles and to regulate pollution emission norms" said minister.
As per the details available with "Early Times" after Jammu District, Srinagar District has 261206 registered vehicles followed by Kathua District with 57962 vehicles, Baramulla 53889, Anantnag 53701, Badgam 39456, Udhampur 38690, Pulwama 36359, Samba 29233, Rajouri 21688, Kupwara 14000, Leh 13328, Poonch 11364, Gandarbal 9266, Shopian 8876 Reasi 8212, Doda 7987, Kulgam 7480, Bandipora 7625, Kargil 5367, Kishtwar 3394 and Ramban 3442 registered vehicles.
In Jammu region there are 785217 vehicles which include 102122 commercial vehicles and 683095 non commercial vehicles while in Srinagar including two Districts of Ladakh there are 510563 registered vehicles including 112695 commercial and 396868 non commercial vehicles.
Though PDP MLC Zaffar Manhas moved a resolution in the upper house demanding making of permanent parking place for owners compulsory before registration of any new vehicle, but on the assurance of the minister that the issue is being looked into, the PDP MLC withdrew his resolution.
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