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Jam robs Bengaluru of its bread and butter


Nobody who commutes to work daily needs figures to be convinced that Benga-luru’s traffic situation is catastrophically bad. And yet, here are figures that put a number to what the city is losing crawling to work every day – 60 crore working hours a year!

This data comes from a consultancy agency that’s preparing the ‘revised master plan for Bengaluru 2031’. The agency has prepared a note on transport sector which says that the traffic in Bengaluru has become a “scourge”, and is only becoming worse.

“Network speeds are dropping at an alarming rate as overcapacity of its junctions and links are being reached and traffic jams have become the order of the day. Being a victim of its own success, Bengaluru’s traffic infrastructure has just not been able to keep pace with the fast-growing IT industry…” says the report.

The city is home to more than 10 million people. And its strained networks are loaded with more than 90 lakh vehicular trips every day. City’s bus service operator Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has a fleet of 6,000 buses with which it runs about 3,000 trips a day, but this is hardly enough.

Impact on economy

The economic losses due to traffic congestion are huge. It is estimated that it causes fuel losses to the tune of 2.8 lakh litres per hour (amounting to nearly 50 crore litres per year). If you also include the number of work hours lost, this translates to a loss of Rs 3,700 crore per year. And because we’re far from a lasting solution, these figures are only taking a turn for the worse.

The above data collection has been focused to providing inputs to the development of the model. Socioeconomic household survey was taken from 10,130 samples from 13 locations.

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