Delhi-like even-odd vehicle rule on the cards for Bengaluru?

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Bengaluru, Dec 17: In what could be a shocker to the people of Bengaluru, the state government is mulling to implement a Delhi-like even-odd vehicle scheme in the 'city of gardens' to curb traffic snarls on the city roads.

As per a report published in The Indian Express, Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara has admitted that managing city's traffic was a great challenge and that the government is not averse to introducing even-odd vehicle registration rule.

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Parameshwara further told media persons on Wednesday that around 58 lakh vehicles ply on the IT city's roads, of which 32 lakh are two-wheelers and the numbers are increasing by the day.

According to figures from the Regional Transport Organisation, the number of motor vehicles registered every day in Bengaluru is higher than in Delhi, where the odd/even rule will be implemented from January 1, 2016, said the report.

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However, it is not clear when will this scheme come into effect in Bengaluru, but the scheme if introduced will create confusion among car owners in the city just like New Delhi.

Earlier this month, the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi was forced to implement the even-odd rule to curb increasing traffic which was polluting the national capital's air, prompting the Delhi High Court to compare the city's air to a gas chamber.

"We plan to revamp the existing Bengaluru Traffic Task Force headed by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah," he said.

Earlier last week, Bengaluru's Additional Commissioner of Police, MA Saleem, confirmed there was no such event of 'Car Free Day' planned on December 20. Speculations were rife that the IT city will observe its maiden 'Car Free Day' on Dec 20th on the famous MG Road.

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