Traffic police have decided to implement a ban on commercial vehicles on the Western Express Highway (WEH) during rush hours in the evening on an experimental basis for 15 days, for the smooth traffic movement.
As per the implementation all the commercial vehicles including mini tempos, trucks will be banned on the WEH to move from Kalanagar to Dahisar from 5 pm to 9 pm.
Currently, it takes around two and a half hours to travel the stretch from Kalanagar to Dahisar. The ongoing Metro construction has also added to the traffic chaos on the 27-km road.
The ban is not applicable for emergency vehicles like ambulance, fire brigade, police vehicles, government vehicles, and semi-government vehicles.
According to the traffic police, these commercial vehicles constitute about 15 per cent of the vehicles on the highway and about 800 to 1,000 of them use the WEH every hour. The ban on the light commercial vehicles comes a year after heavy vehicles were banned on WEH.
The traffic police have also directed the Dahisar toll Naka authorities to relieve traffic if the roads are found congested during peak hours.
The implementation of the ban on commercial vehicles is for the northbound stretch, if the experiment turns successful, the same will be implemented to south-bound stretch.
“There is acute congestion on the Western Express Highway (WEH), especially for which we have been experimenting with various measures for decongestion. These light commercial vehicles also cause friction in the traffic movement because of their slow movement as they carry the load. We will review the situation and if the results show a positive impact, then the ban will also be implemented on the south-bound arm during the morning peak hours.” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amitesh Kumar.
The traffic police have identified many bottlenecks on the WEH which too causes traffic congestion and accordingly the authorities are finding measures to avoid traffic at such places.