Bengaluru had 55.59 lakh vehicles as on March 31, 2015, as against the 88.27 lakh vehicles in New Delhi. Bengaluru is followed by Chennai, which has 44 lakh vehicles, while Mumbai has only 25 lakh.T he year-on-year growth in Bengaluru’s vehicle population is 10%, with about five lakh new vehicles hitting the road between April 2014 and March 2015.In 2013-14, about 4 lakh new vehicles were registered, also a 10% increase from the previous year. New Delhi recorded a 6.4% increase in new vehicles.
Bengaluru has 49.29 lakh two-wheelers and cars, as against Delhi’s 24.9 lakh cars and 53.56 lakh twowheelers.
Over the last decade, vehicle population has spiked in the city. In 2001-2, the city had 15.9 lakh vehicles, a number that rose to 34.9 lakh in 2009-10. In the five years since, the total number of vehicles has gone up by 20 lakh.
“We must popularize car pooling and car sharing so that the number of vehicles plying on the road can be contained, and air and noise pollution levels can also be reduced,” said Rame Gowda, transport commissioner of Karnataka.
“The thing to be done immediately is to improve public transport. Once the entire Metro system is opened, we hope it will ferry three to five lakh people every day,” he said. The third part of his strategy is to set up a commuter rail connecting Ramanagaram or Bidadi with Hoskote.
Gowda also said developing satellite towns could be a long-term solution to decongest Bengaluru.