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With the rising levels of pollution in the country, the vehicles plying on the road have been under the scanner of the authorities lately. Now in order to curb the rising congestion menace of pollution and decongest the roads of cities due to the presence of a lot of cars on the road, the Supreme Court of India has suggested family planning of cars in India. Citing the once famous slogan of Indian government that was aimed at curbing the rising population, “Hum Do Hamare Do” the court has suggested he number of cars a person should own in the country. The apex judiciary body cited instances where a family has five cars in their ownership.
Obviously concerned at the rising pollution and congestion problems in the country, the apex judiciary body of the country said that an employed member of the family having a car was justified but a person owning more than one car was something not justified. The court went ahead and suggested a family planning program for cars on the lines of the famed slogan given by past governments about family planning.
One of the judges present at the hearing expressed concern over multiple car ownership and added:
"Every earning member of a family has a car, but one man having five cars! There should be a family planning of cars. Hum do hamare do. An earning hand having a car is understandable, but a person possessing five cars -- there should be a family planning of cars a household possesses.”
The following matter came up in the court when the bench was hearing a petition regarding lifting the cap on sale of three-wheelers, as one particular automaker offered to bring BS VI compliant three-wheelers in the capital. The defense informed the bench during hearing that the number of vehicles being added on the roads of India was rising every day and this created problems of parking in the capital. The defense further stated that high-rise parking lots did no good as the public was unwilling to accept the initiative aimed at reducing parking congestion.
The court ended up rejecting the petition to release the cap on the number of auto sales in the capital of India. The petitioner also could not make it clear to the bench as to how much relaxation in the current rule was possible in a manner that would not harm the environment. Not to mention that the bench also stated that the metro services in the capital are expanding at a rapid rate and new buses are being added to the already large fleet of buses in the capital.
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