Fighting Mumbai's Demand for Car Ownership

The demand for personal transportation is quickly growing in Mumbai. This post from <em>The City Fix</em> looks at what the city will need to do to prevent the negative impacts of what could be a growing storm of car ownership.
January 20, 2010, 9am PST | Nate Berg
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Certain economic situations in Mumbai make owning a car not only attractive, but surprisingly affordable.

"With no interventions, the demand and sale of cars will continue to rise and clog the roads even further. Building flyovers and the much-hyped Bandra-Worli sea link can be short-term relief mechanisms but not the final solution.

Then what?

A more effective strategy is to make the maintenance - not just the ownership - of personal transport an expensive deal. For instance, apart from the fuel costs, owning a car in a city like Mumbai is not as costly an affair as compared to other cities."

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Published on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 in The City Fix
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