At 21.2 km/h, Bengaluru traffic accelerates 20% in 2 years
BENGALURU: Bengaluru recorded the second lowest average traffic speed between the meters during 2019, said Ola taxi aggregator.
However, tracking 21.2 kmph this year is a marginal improvement since a similar study by Ola in 2017 had put the figure at 17.2 kmph. Bengaluru Traffic It was ranked as the slowest in the country then.
Although Bengalis worry about traffic blockages, exhausting travel and the excessively long time it takes to get from one place to another, a recent survey offers some hope that things will improve a bit, although there is a long way To go. Any celebration of the marginal improvement in the average speed of the vehicles can be very premature and since several road infrastructure and Metro construction works are being carried out in many areas of the city, the vehicles could be forced to crawl again. Over time, as many of these projects are completed, we will have something to really encourage.
Bangalore followed Calcutta (19.4 km/h), which witnessed the slowest traffic movement. The meters that obtained the best results are Hyderabad, which registered the highest average speed 24.8 km/h, followed by Delhi (23.5 km/h), Chennai (23.1 km/h), Mumbai (22.7 km/h) and Pune (22.6 km/h).
Ola Hyperdrive 2019, carried out in more than 200 cities, also points out that the Bengalurians went to work before their counterparts in other cities. While, on average, a person leaves the office at 9.30 a.m. in Bangalore, in Pune and Delhi, it's 9.41 a.m. and 9.42 a.m., respectively.
A similar survey conducted by mobility solutions firm MoveInSync across six cities — Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi-NCR and Pune — and released in August this year ranked Bengaluru the ‘second slowest city’ with an average speed at 18.7km per hour.
Best application, infra help: Police
Additional commissioner of police (traffic), BR Ravikanthe Gowda, attributed the 4-kmph increase in average speed to better enforcement among other reasons.
“The average speed in the city has gone up as compared to previous years. This is mainly due to scientific management of traffic and junctions, strict enforcement, especially since September, which has brought about discipline among road users, and improved road infrastructure. In 2019, traffic police carried out massive awareness campaigns on road rules and violations, which could also be one of the contributing factors for increase in speed,” he said.
Currently, only those sections where infrastructure projects are being executed see traffic congestion. Once the work is completed, we expect the average speed to go up further,” the officer added.
While Bengaluru has recorded the maximum number of daily trips (84 million) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., ranks second after Delhi (7 million) in the number of night trips (6 million) made between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., says the study. The Bengalureans took 65 million trips during the week and 25 million on weekends in 2019.
Officials from BBMP’s traffic engineering cell pointed out that installation of grade separators at 10 locations this year could have resulted in the average speed going up. “We put up 10 grade separators at busy junctions, which have facilitated smooth traffic flow. Also, in 2017, when the first study was conducted, only Phase 1 of the Metro was operational. Now more people are using it, thereby leading to fewer cars on the road,” an official said.
When asked about the city's ranking in the low speed index, the BBMP official said: “Laundering work is being carried out in 15 to 20 locations, which slows down traffic. Even the construction of the subway is causing congestion in some areas. We have also taken the expansion of Bannerghata Road and Sarjapur Road, which has reduced traffic speed. ”