Bengaluru Is Most Traffic Congested City In The World: TomTom Report
Motorists wait at a traffic stop in Bengaluru, India. (Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg)

Bengaluru Is Most Traffic Congested City In The World: TomTom Report


Bengaluru is the most traffic-congested city in the world, according to a report by location technology developer TomTom NV.

According to the results of the TomTom Traffic Index, a report detailing the traffic situation in 416 cities in 57 countries, Bengaluru takes the top spot this year with drivers in the city expecting to spend an average of 71 percent more time in traffic. Bengalureans driving during peak hours spend an extra 243 hours—or 10 days and three hours—in traffic each year.

Apart from Bengaluru, the other Indian cities that featured among the Top 10 most congested cities are Mumbai (4th, with 65 percent congestion), Pune (5th with 59 percent congestion) and New Delhi (8th position with 56 percent congestion).

The other global cities that featured in the Top 10 are Manila (The Philippines), Bogota (Colombia), Moscow (Russia), Lima (Peru), Istanbul (Turkey) and Jakarta (Indonesia).

Traffic congestion has increased globally during the last decade—239 cities surveyed in the TomTom Traffic Index saw congestion levels increase in 2019 over the previous year while only 63 cities witnessed measurable decreases.

“Globally, there’s a long road to travel until congestion levels are brought under control,” Werner van Huyssteen, general manager at TomTom India, said. “Planners and policymakers need to use all the tools available to them to analyse traffic levels and impacts, so they can make critical infrastructure decisions.”

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