A day after the Mumbai police issued an advisory banning the sale of the luxury Maruti Suzuki SUV in the city, another popular car has been banned in the capital.
The popular Suzuki X-Class SUV has been pulled from the streets of south-western Mumbai after the department received complaints from residents that it was “driving away traffic” and damaging the environment, a spokesperson for the department told The Hindu.
The department has directed all businesses selling cars and vans in the region to remove the vehicles from their premises by Friday.
This will be followed by a “surgical inspection” of the vehicles, the spokesperson added.
The announcement was made after an advisory by the department came into effect on Thursday, banning the use of the SUV in South Mumbai, which has a population of some 16 million people.
The ban applies to both private and public vehicles, including private cars and buses.
The city has seen a dramatic increase in vehicle pollution in recent years, which includes vehicles colliding with pedestrians, damaging the atmosphere and making it unsafe to walk.
The number of vehicles in the Mumbai metropolitan area has increased to 2.27 lakh from 1.84 lakh in the year to March 2019, according to the city’s transport department.
The department has been urging the private sector to adopt environmentally friendly vehicles, particularly in light of the growing number of air pollution-related deaths in the area.