On January 31, 2020 Dutch multinational developer & creator of location technology and consumer electronics Tomtom has released its 9th edition of Tomtom Traffic Index 2019. As per the index, Bengaluru (Karnataka) emerged as the worst traffic congested cities in the world. Along with Bengaluru, 3 more Indian cities were ranked in the top 10 list. The index in brief are as follows:Tomtom Traffic Index 2019:
Report on India:
i.Indian cities in top 10 list: The other Indian cities ranked in the top 10 places were Mumbai (Maharashtra), Pune (Maharashtra) and New Delhi in the 4th 5th and 8th places respectively.
ii.Traffic time: The drivers in Bengaluru spend an average of 71% of etc travel time stuck in traffic. Bengaluru had least traffic on April 6,2019 while it had the highest on 20 August 2019 in which 103% congestion was recorded. The worst rush hours were found to be on Fridays between 7PM &8PM. Avoiding commute in such a time would save 5 hours per annum.
- The traffic time for drivers stuck in the other top 10 indian cities include 65% for Mumbai, 59% for Pune and 56% for New Delhi.
- Bengaluru: The people of Bengaluru per annum spend an extra 243 hours, that is 10 days, three hours in traffic.
- Mumbai: People from Mumbai spend an extra 209 hours, that is 8 days & 17 hours in traffic per annum on road.
- Pune: The Pune city was featured for the first time in the traffic index and it has been estimated that Pune people spend an extra 193 hours, i.e., eight days, one hour in traffic per annum.
- Delhi: People from Delhi spend extra 190 hours, i.e., 7 days, 22 hours in traffic per annum.
i.Top cities with worst traffic: Bengaluru was followed by Manila (Philippines) and Bogota (Colombia) in the 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Moscow (Russia), Lima (Peru), Istanbul (Turkey) and Jakarta (Indonesia) were ranked in 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th places respectively.
ii.Global traffic congestion: Globally, the traffic congestion has increased during the last decade. 239 cities (57%) and the new Traffic Index report had increased congestion levels between 2018 and 2019. Only 63 cities have shown measurable decreases.
iii.Least congestion level capital: Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates(UAE) was the least congested national capital, it had just 10% congestion level in 2019.
iv.The report was prepared covering 416 cities across 57 countries on 6 continents to rank the urban congestions worldwide.
Founders- Harold Goddijn, Corinne Vigreux, Peter-Frans Pauwels, Pieter Geelen.
Headquarters- Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)- Harold Goddijn.