If you live in one of India's busiest metros, your daily commute is likely to be perpetually plagued by traffic jams and delays.
Traffic in India's busiest metros moved at an average speed of 22.7 kmph between the peak hours of 9 am and 12 pm in 2016, according to ride-sharing company Ola's end-of-the year report on how India commuted in 2016. While Chennai had the slowest average traffic speed at 19.6 kmph, Hyderabad had the fastest-moving traffic at 27.1 kmph.
The report analyses traffic data collected from Ola's app in seven major cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune and Kolkata. The company claims to have 500,000 cabs, auto-rickshaws and shuttles in 102 cities, with Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai being its top markets in terms of the volume of daily transactions.
The peak office time in all the cities falls between 9 am and 10 am, but Delhiites are the earliest to start for office at 9.09 am, while Chennai residents are the last, at 9.45 am.
Ola also revealed the traffic bottlenecks along the busiest routes and junctions in various cities, such as Delhi's ITO crossing, Mumbai's Kalanagar Junction, Hyderabad's MG Road, Kolkata's Bara Bazar, Pune's Hinjewadi Chowk and Bengaluru's Silk Board Junction.
The report also includes a list of the most popular pick-up and drop locations across cities, which are a mix of commercial, IT and residential areas. In Delhi, these included the airport, Connaught Place and Gurgaon's Ammunition Depot. In Mumbai, they were the airport, Byculla, Bandra, Khar and Santcruz-West.
Ola's report isn't surprising. A recent study revealed that Delhiites take double the amount of time to travel to travel within the city than they did five years ago, with average speeds falling from 42 kmph to 20 kmph during peak hours. It also predicted a gloomy future: if there are no interventions, Delhi's drivers would soon have to drive at an average speed of 5 kmph.
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