drivers face 150 rupees (£ 2) a charge to enter central areas after the number of vehicles on the roads of India's capital double in five years
Nobody could fault the plan lacks ambition. To control the crowded streets of the capital's notoriously chaotic in India by imposing a congestion charge in the model in London, Singapore and a handful of other cities
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the authority responsible for the provision of civic services in the city, wants to introduce a system to apply a rate of 150 rupees (£ 2) on cars, motorcycles and rickshaws are in central areas of the day.
"This will help reduce congestion ... [and] people to use public transport," said the head of the authority, KS Mehra, the local press. Trucks will be required to pay a higher rate.
a congestion charge has been in Singapore since 1970 and several systems have been successfully introduced in London, Rome, Milan and several Scandinavian cities in recent years.
Beijing authorities recently said they were considering congestion pricing, and other Chinese cities like Shanghai and Nangjing is reported to be interested. But no city the size and complexity of Delhi has tried to introduce the system.
Few doubt the need for radical measures in the capital of India. The construction of a subway system and measures to promote bus use has barely slowed the growth in traffic in recent years. A decade of rapid economic growth and a widespread rejection of transport between the growing middle class means that there are now 6.8 million vehicles on the roads of New Delhi, at least twice that five years ago .But experts are skeptical. "If you look at what is already in place to reduce congestion, such as toll stations near Delhi, which make the problem worse, not better," said Rumi Aijaz, City Centre think-tank Policy Research . "Even if we accept the proposed policy, infrastructure is not just there."
tolls on main roads connecting Delhi with satellite cities cause traffic jams. Occasionally the subject of protests may turn violent. Aijaz said a broader strategy to fight against traffic in the city was necessary. "There must be a number of measures to manage the problem. Nothing has been done in isolation will work," he said.
Experts say a major problem is the lack of licensing or law enforcement in New Delhi. Driver's license can be purchased illegally and laws should ensure the safe flow of traffic and consistently ignored.
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