Your drive home ev­ery evening is a 20kmph crawl on most roads

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Tanushree Venka­tra­man tanushree.venka­tra­man@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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