If you’re a resident of Bengaluru, you must already know how your city is poised to become another example of how not to end up an environmental horror show. But if you thought the toxic frothing lake is the only pressing concern that you’ve got to deal with, then you’ve got another thing coming. Bengaluru is now the country’s most congested and second slowest city, according to a study.
The Times of India quoted a research paper titled, ‘Mobility and congestion in urban India’, which revealed that Bengaluru is one of the 20 most-congested cities in India. The cities that follow India’s Silicon Valley are Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad.
Last week, another study conducted by Ola claimed that even though various modes of transport were available in Bengaluru, use of private vehicles is still high. This makes commuting during peak hours 162% slower than in non-peak hours, The Times of India reported.
The vehicular emissions also constitute 37% of pollution in the city. Bengaluru has 2 million migrant workers and ranks as the third most populous city in India and stands at the 18th position in the world. However, the report also points out that there is a rise in awareness among locals to use public transport and cab-sharing facilities.
The study found that 51% of the participants claimed to not use public transport because they perceive it to be unsafe or inconvenient. Some even lamented over the lack of end-to-end connectivity which can an issue in most metros.