Aizawl: The Mizoram government is hopeful of reducing traffic snarls in the state capital with a new set of rules which is expected to take vehicles off the roads by as much as 20%.

The new traffic rules will come into effect from June 1 in Aizawl and it will be experimented for a month.

Mizoram Inspector General of Police (Headquarters) John Neilaia told reporters on Monday that there are at present over 1.70 lakh vehicles in Aizawl district, of which over 1.19 lakh are in the state capital Aizawl alone accounting for 70% of the total number of vehicles in the district.

He said that the state capital is facing enormous traffic jams due to the ever-increasing vehicles.

According to him, more than 23,800 vehicles are expected to rest every day when the new rules come into effect. He said that the number of vehicles in Aizawl this year has increased by 38% over last year.

The state’s coordination on traffic management committee had in April decided to introduce new traffic rules in Aizawl replacing the existing rules introduced by the erstwhile Congress government in 2017.

According to the new rules any vehicle, whose registration number ended with 1 or 2 can ply on Monday.

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Likewise, any vehicle, whose registration ended with 3 or 4 can move on Tuesday, 5 or 6 on Wednesday, 7 or 8 on Thursday, and 9 and 10 on Friday, respectively. All vehicles will be free to ply on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

However, the new rules will be exercised as a trial (experiment) for one month after which it will be stopped if deemed not practicable and effective, Neilai said.

Meanwhile, state transport minister TJ Lalnuntluanga on Monday inaugurated the state-level road safety week at a function held in Vanapa hall, Aizawl.

The theme of the 30th road safety week is ‘Road Safety, Life Safety.’ At least 45 people were killed in road mishaps during 2018.

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