New Delhi: An initiative to decongest traffic on the Western Express Highway (WEH) has been taken with light and medium commercial vehicles being restricted from plying on the north-bound (towards Goregaon) side of the highway. The restriction comes with a ban on the entry of small and big tempos and mini-trucks.
The decision to decongest the traffic on the Western Express Highway came after Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) cleared the proposal to extend the Mrinaltai Gore flyover from Ram Mandir Road to Relief Road along SV Road in Goregaon (West). A circular dated October 12 was issued by the additional commissioner of police (traffic) Veeresh Prabhu under section 115 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.
According to the circular, for the smooth movement of traffic and better traffic management, three-wheelers (commercial vehicles) are restricted between 5 pm and 9 pm for the next one month on the north-bound carriageway of the Western Express Highway. However, the restriction on three-wheelers is not applicable in any other part of the city.
It also mentions that restrictions are not applicable to ambulances, police vehicles, fire brigade vehicles, government and semi-government vehicles. It must also be noted that there will be no restriction on plying of three-wheelers on the northbound carriageway on the Western Express Highway during the morning hours.
Bal Malkit Singh of All India Motor Transport Congress said, “Heavy commercial vehicles are restricted entry in the city and it is the light and medium commercial vehicles which help distribute goods to shops, godowns and retailers. It will affect distribution to thousands of shops in the western suburbs.”