45,000 vehicles likely to be registered in Chandigarh this year

The city that has the distinction of having the highest number of vehicles per capita seems to be living up to its image. Going by the pace of registrations, the number of vehicles registered this year is likely to cross the 45,000 mark which would take the total number of vehicles registered in Chandigarh, whose total population is about 11 lakh, to more than 8 lakh. Till July this year as many as 27,375 vehicles were registered.

This amounts to around 130 vehicles a day. Between the middle of August and the beginning of November, the numbers of the series CH01 AD had been allotted and the series CH01 AE was started. Each series has 9999 numbers. Going by these estimates, the total number of vehicles registered in the city this year is likely to exceed 45,000.

Officials of the Registering and Licensing Authority stated that registration during the festival season has been quite high. Almost 700 cars had been sold on a single day on the occasion of Dhanteras. Last year 37,967 vehicles had been registered. This year till March 9,501 vehicles were registered. The number rose to 27,375 in July.

The registration of vehicles in the city has seen a steady increase over the years. There was a dip in registration from 1999 to 2000 when the number of vehicles registered decreased from around 31,000 to 28,000. The number dipped further the subsequent year, when 22,739 vehicles were registered.

From then, registration has seen an increase. The number of four-wheelers being registered has also increased compared to two-wheelers. There were around 7.5 lakh vehicles registered in the city till March this year. Add to that the floating vehicle population and it is evident that the city is reeling under the pressure of increasing traffic.

While the number of vehicles are increasing at a fast pace, the infrastructure in the city is not being able to match this growth. Traffic jams during rush hours are becoming a routine affair, especially in the internal sectors where long queues of vehicles can be seen stranded.

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