The latest Economic Survey of Delhi on Tuesday stated that there has been a significant rise in the total number of two-wheeler vehicles plying on the roads of the national capital in the financial year 2015-16. Looking at the statistics, these motor vehicles have marked a growth of 9.94 per cent over the previous year. Despite Delhi government’s initiatives such as the odd-even road rationing scheme to curb pollution and vehicular congestion in the city, the number of vehicles hitting Delhi’s roads increased from about 88 lakh to 97.05 lakh over the span of just one year.
There has been a massive increase in the number of autorickshaws, which rose from 81,633 to 1,98,137 from 2014-15 to 2015-16. As per the government officials, the 142.72 per cent rise is primarily an increase in the number of e-rickshaws in the capital. However, as per Supreme Court law, the number of autorickshaws cannot exceed 1 lakh mark.
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There has also been significant hike in number of cars and jeeps in the city. Compared to last year, the numbers have jumped from 27,90,566 to 29,86,579 – noting a rise of 7.02 per cent. As per the report, number of motor vehicles have increased by 7.44 per cent, while the number of taxis have increased by 14.40 per cent. The survey also states that there has been an increase in the road and Metro rail network in the capital. “The annual growth of vehicles in Delhi increased from 8.13 per cent in 2005-06 to 9.94 per cent in 2015-16. During the same period, the number of vehicles per 1,000 population increased considerably from 317 to 530,” the report added.