Your drive home every evening is a 20kmph crawl on most roads
MUMBAI: Traffic congestion on Mumbai’s major road networks is slowing down your drive back home to a mere 20kmph, the civic body’s survey of the city’s mobility shows. The main reason for the slow crawl of the vehicles is the increasing number of private vehicles on roads and lesser parking slots that also results in double parking on even narrow roads.
According to t he BMC’s Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP), on 67% of road networks, vehicle speeds are less than 20kmph during the evening peak hours. In the western suburbs alone, 78% road networks are bringing down your speed.
The CMP is a report on the city’s population growth, travel patterns and traffic scenario. As part of the study, the BMC-appointed consultant looked at speed and delays during the morning and evening peak hours — around 8am to 10am and 5pm to 9pm.
The findings were no better when traffic was studied in nonpeak hours, when 52% of road networks in the island city and 45% in the western suburbs saw vehicles moving at 20kmph or less.
Experts say the numbers reflect poorly on Mumbai’s traffic scenario, as the ideal speed should range between 30 kmph and 35kmph in urban areas.
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