Four Myths about India's Traffic Crisis

Four Myths about India's Traffic Crisis

There are, generally speaking, a lot of myths about the congested New Delhi traffic, and traffic in India overall. There is simply something terribly wrong about a flyover in Delhi that needed to be shut down for repairs only 14 years after opening, and the never-ending metro construction. Here are a few myths that are easily busted.

Firstly, the traffic in Delhi can get worse. According to official data, the current ownership of cars per 1,000 people in India is only 17, whereas that number in China sums up to 807, and 853 in the United States. The chances are, more and more people are going to have cars in India and the roads are already bursting at the seams.

Secondly, there is the issue of better traffic management. Delhi already has one of the highest proportions of road area, which makes it fifth in the world in that aspect. It also has more than a hundred flyovers. But what good is having a three lane road when one lane is packed with parked cars and another is scattered with vendors?That is why India needs a better approach to traffic management.

Parking is not anybody's birthright. Cars in Delhi are driven only five percent of the time, and the rest of the time they are to blame for traffic congestion. The state of affairs shows that cars are not that needed in that city.

The metro will not help. First the authorities need to deal with private vehicle owners and come up with disincentives for them. A kilometer of overground costs ten times as much as the bus transit system. Each kilometer of underground costs thee times as much.

 

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