Bengaluru, four other Indian cities in world's worst traffic list2 min read . Updated: 30 Jan 2020, 12:42 PM IST
- According to the report, Bengalureans driving during peak hours, spend an extra 243 hours, that is 10 days, three hours in traffic each year
- Manila, the capital of Philippines was on the second spot with marginal difference
Bengaluru emerged as the worst traffic congested city globally in the TomTom Traffic Index of 2019. Along with it, three other Indian cities have made it to the top 10 list of the Dutch real-time traffic information and services company.
As per the results of the TomTom Traffic Index, a report detailing the traffic situation in 416 cities in 57 countries, Bengaluru takes the top spot this year with drivers in the southern Indian city expecting to spend an average of 71 per cent extra travel time stuck in traffic.
Apart from Bengaluru, three other Indian cities are in the top 10 of the traffic index. These include Mumbai (65%), Pune (59%) and New Delhi (56%) at the fourth, fifth and eight position, respectively.
According to the report, Bengalureans driving during peak hours, spend an extra 243 hours, that is 10 days, three hours in traffic each year.
The other global cities featured among the top 10 include Manila from The Philippines, Bogota from Colombia, Moscow from Russia; Lima from Peru, Istanbul from Turkey, and Jakarta from Indonesia. Manila was on the second spot with marginal difference.
The report noted that Bengaluru recorded the least traffic on 6 April and the highest on 20 August. The highest traffic on that day was recorded 103% congestion.
The worst rush hours are reserved for Fridays between 7 PM and 8 PM, which as the report says is the best time to avoid the Bengaluru roads as residents would be able to "save up to 5 hours per year (for a 30 minute commute)."
Coming to Mumbai, the report recorded that Mumbaikars driving during peak hours spend an extra 209 hours, that is 17 hours in traffic each year on road. Pune, which features for the first time on the traffic Index ranking, spend an extra 193 hours, i.e., eight days, one hour in traffic each year while Delhiites, driving during peak hours spend an extra 190 hours, i.e., seven days, 22 hours in traffic each year.
"Traffic congestion has increased globally during the last decade, and the 239 cities (57%) and the new Traffic Index report had increased congestion levels between 2018 and 2019, with only 63 cities showing measurable decreases," the report said in a statement.
Citing heavy cost to world's economy, Ralf-Peter Schäfer, company's VP of Traffic Information, said,"In time, the rise of autonomous vehicles and car-sharing services will help alleviate congestion, but planners and policymakers can’t afford to sit and wait. Small changes in driving behaviours can make a huge difference."