AIZAWL, June 6 - Aizawl Bench of Gauhati High Court today further stayed Mizoram Government’s order for a new road space rationing system, following a PIL filed by Mizoram Bar Association (MBA).
“The High Court had earlier stayed the order till June 6. In the second hearing today, it stayed the order until further notice,” a communiqué from MBA said.
According to the new rules, any vehicle, with registration ending with 1 and 2 can ply on Monday, 3 or 4 can on Tuesday, 5 or 6 on Wednesday, number 7 or 8 on Thursday, and 9 and 10 on Friday. The new rules were to come into effect from June 1.
The MBA is against the new rules as it “violates personal liberty”. It argues that road space rationing is not the solution to traffic congestion in Aizawl. Introduction of more dropping zones and lessening of parking zones along the road, and removal of shops selling iron rods and cement and roadside hawkers are more effective measures to ease traffic snarls, the MBA said.
In October, 2017, the erstwhile Congress Government had introduced traffic rules for rotational service of all vehicles in order to ease traffic jams in Aizawl.
As per the rules, vehicles were not allowed to ply on days when their last digit of registration number drew similar to a particular date. For example a vehicle, whose registration number ended with 1 could not move on date 1, 11, 21 and 31 of every month.