Hyderabad third slowest, sixth congested city in India
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.