Thimphu: Tata’s Nano is unlikely to hit Bhutan roads in the next couple of years as the government feels the “all-weather people’s vehicle” will increase the number of cars phenomenally in the country resulting in heavy traffic congestion and pollution.
“There are a worrying about the number of motor vehicles in the country, especially in the capital,” according to Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) Director Tashi Norbu.
“Vehicle buyers are aware that the Nano, called the world’s cheapest car, will increase the number of motor vehicles in the country.”
“We’re looking at a city for people and not a city for cars,” Mr. Norbu said.
The RSTA figures show that there are about 40,000 vehicles in Bhutan, with Thimphu believed to have over 22,000 cars.
Prime Minister Jigme Y. Thinley recently said his government was in the process of weighing the pros and cons of allowing people to import Nano. — PTI