Mumbai vehicle count is 32 lakh; up 56% in just 5 years


The number of vehicles plying on Mumbai's roads has gone up by 56% in the last 5 years. The total vehicle count in city now stands at 32 lakh and is rising. According to the RTO, close 700 vehicles are being registered daily.

In 1980-81, there were just 3.2 lakh vehicles registered in Mumbai. Over the next two decades, this figure crossed the 10 lakh mark and by 2011-12, the city had more than 20 lakh vehicles. Another 12 lakh were added to the tally in just 5 years. At this rate, another 10 lakh vehicles are likely be added on the roads in just 2-3 years.

According to the Mumbai Environmental Social Network, the number of 2-wheelers, app-based taxis and school buses has recorded maximum grown in the recent years. The number of 2-wheelers has crossed the 18 lakh mark and there are 3,775 school buses in the city as against 700 in 2000-01. App-based taxis have gained popularity in recent times. In the last four years, the number of Ola and Uber cabs has risen to 45,000. The number of private cars stands at 10 lakh.

While the number of vehicles has been rising at a fast pace, the overall length of the city's roads has remained the same at 2,000 km. This has reduced average speeds of vehicles from 45 km/h to 20 km/h. Parking has become a big problem as well. 

Source: Times of India

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