New York: Ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, a new study has ranked the national capital fifth among 20 cities of the world where traffic has gone worse in the past few years, adversely affecting people’s heath and productivity.
New Delhi, which will receive thousands of athletes and foreign tourists during the mega sporting event, scored 81 out of 100 in IBM’s ‘Commuter Pain Study’, reflecting its failure to keep the transportation infrastructure at pace with economic activity.
The study, conducted in 20 economically important cities of the world, interviewed 8,192 motorists, majority of whom said daily commute has become a longer and more gruelling task than before.
According to the study, released Thursday, Beijing and Mexico City scored 99 each out of 100 in the commuter pain index to become the top two cities in the world having the worst traffic jams.
With a score of 97, Johannesburg is the third worst city for commuters, while Russian capital Moscow is at fourth place with a score of 84.
Brazilian city Sao Paolo is ranked sixth, followed by Italian city of Milan, Argentinian capital Buenos Aires, Spain’s capital Madrid and London.
Swedish capital Stockholm, with a low index score of 15, is the best city for commuters, while cities like Melbourne and Houston had also the most pain-free roadway traffic, found the survey.
Among the US cities, Los Angeles had the worst traffic, scoring 25 on the commuter pain scale, followed by New York and Houston.
According to the survey, about 49% said the traffic problems had become worse while 18% said it had become a lot worse.
Conversely, only 20% of those surveyed said the situation had improved at all and only 5% said it had improved substantially.
Interestingly, in the category of substantial improvement, New Delhi and Beijing led the way at 17% and 16% respectively, the report said.
“This can be attributed to new transportation capacity being aggressively added in both these cities,” it said.