Hy­der­abad third slow­est, sixth con­gested city in In­dia

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU | SOUTH - V NILESH

HY­DER­ABAD has been ranked as the third slow­est and sixth most con­gested city in In­dia in a first-of-its-kind study con­ducted by re­searchers from four Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ties and pub­lished as a white pa­per by the Na­tional Bureau of Eco­nomic Re­search, in USA.

The white pa­per points out the need for not just bet­ter traf­fic man­age­ment sys­tem but more im­por­tantly, ne­ces­sity in In­dian cities, in­clud­ing Hy­der­abad, for more fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment to im­prove ur­ban in­fra­struc­ture for free-flow­ing traf­fic move­ment.

The white pa­per ti­tled ‘Mo­bil­ity and con­ges­tion in ur­ban In­dia’, an­a­lysed more than 22 mil­lion trips be­tween dif­fer­ent des­ti­na­tions across 154 cities in the coun­try and fi­nally, ranked the 20 slow­est and 20 fastest cities in In­dia. Apart from this, 20 most con­gested cities were also ranked in the study. As per the white pa­per, slow­est city in In­dia is Kolkata, fol­lowed by Ben­galuru, Hy­der­abad, Mum­bai and Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s con­stituency, Varanasi whereas among 20 most con­gested cities, the Top 5 are Ben­galuru, Mum­bai, Delhi, Chen­nai and Kolkata.

The top-5 fastest cities were found out to be Ra­nipet, Sri­na­gar, Kayamku­lam, Jammu and Thrissur but even here ve­hi­cle speeds are slower than the slow­est cities of the USA.

Thoough Pune has been ranked sev­enth most con­gested city, it is ranked 20th amongst slow­est cities, which means even though the city is as con­gested as Hy­der­abad, the av­er­age speed of ve­hi­cles on Pune roads is higher than Hy­der­abad.

The re­searchers ob­served that in most In­dian cities travel times were high al­ways and not just dur­ing “peak hours”. How­ever, it was ob­served that traf­fic con­ges­tion is a prob­lem as­so­ci­ated mainly with city cen­ters and it is here, where re­solv­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion plays an im­por­tant role. Ev­ery­where else there is no al­ter­na­tive for the re­spec­tive gov­ern­ments but to in­vest money in im­prov­ing ur­ban in­fra­struc­ture, like de­vel­op­ing more pri­mary roads and im­prov­ing the reg­u­lar grid net­work.

This study proves an­other ma­jor ar­gu­ment for Te­lan­gana govern­ment to up its act in im­prov­ing the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tion of road net­works in Hy­der­abad.

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