NEW DELHI: Bengaluru has overtaken Mumbai as the city with the highest traffic congestion and emerged on top of the list globally.
According to a report released by a major global location technology specialist, drivers in the southern city spent an average of 71% extra time on the road due to congestion in 2019, while in Mumbai, drivers spent 65% more time in vehicles thanks to the citys traffic snarls.
While Mumbai has slipped to fourth rank among 416 cities in 57 countries after topping the list for two consecutive years — 2017 and 2018 — Delhi has also improved its position from the second most traffic congested city in 2017 to eighth in the 2019 ranking.
The ninth edition of TomTom Traffic Index saw Pune, which was included for the first time in 2019, ranked fifth where drivers spent 59% extra time because of traffic jams. Indian cities were included in the global ranking for the first time in 2017.
Friday evening (7-8 pm) was the worst period for commuters in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. One could save up to five hours annually for a 30-minute commute by deferring the journey post-8pm on these days.
According to the report, on average, Delhiites driving during peak hours spent an extra 190 hours or seven days and 22 hours in traffic during 2019. In the case of drivers in Bengaluru, the extra time spent on roads was 243 hours or 10 days and 3 hours while time wasted in congestion on Mumbai roads was equivalent to 8 days and 17 hours.
In Delhi, roads were most congested on Oct 23 last yr
Pune commuters wasted around 8 days and one hour due to idling on roads. The report says October 23 last year saw the worst traffic congestion on Delhis streets. One of the major reasons for acute congestion in Delhi was the protest by nearly 200 physically challenged people, who had taken over Mandi House, leaving centrRead More – Source