The Mumbai High Court Suggests Family Planning — For Cars

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The Mumbai High Court, in a bid to control traffic congestion has suggested families to cut down on owning vehicles. The court said that the Maharashtra government should consider restricting the number of cars owned per family and also promote inland waterways.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation on shortage of designated parking spaces. The court suggested that since most families these days have two cars, families should be restricted to own just one.

The court said, "Unauthorised parking due to lack of space is a very serious problem in Mumbai and is the cause of much traffic congestion. A large number of private vehicles enter the city every morning and leave in the evening, but they have no space for parking through the day. The government cannot sit on the problem anymore."

The judges also said that promotion of inland waterways is very much needed. The court said, "While it will not solve all your problems, water transport can act as a complementary mode of transport."

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