BENGALURU: Bengaluru’s infamous Silk Board Signal has found a place in the list of top seven notorious traffic bottlenecks across the country. Kalanagar Junction (Mumbai), Hinjewadi Chowk (Pune), Burra Bazar (Kolkata), M G Road (Hyderabad)and Usman Road (Chennai) are the other traffic spots which entered the hall of shame. The list was a part of the study report released by private cab operator Ola on Wednesday.
In the report, Bengaluru has been ranked third in terms of average speed of vehicular movement during morning peak hours among the metros.
Chennai recorded the slowest vehicular movement among the metro cities with speed of 19.6 kmph during peak hour (9am to 12pm) in 2016. It was followed by Kolkata (20.2 kmph), Bengaluru (20.4kmph), Mumbai (21.6 kmph), Delhi (26.5 kmph) and Hyderabad (27.1 kmph). The average speed of traffic in metro cities in the country is just 22.7 kmph during morning peak hour.
In Bengaluru, the office standard time (time at which people reach office)is 9:20am, as against Chennai’s 9:45am (maximum)and Delhi’s 9:09am (minimum).
“Considering lowest speeds recorded and highest time spent, Ola has identified traffic bottlenecks in cities. These bottlenecks indicate busiest routes and junctions where, due to their location as central commercial areas, traffic is high and chaotic. These areas include Silk Board Junction in Bengaluru, ITO crossing in Delhi and Kalanagar Junction in Mumbai, all prime locations for daily commuters,” the report said.
The Ola study also found that Electronic City, Cox Town, Bellandur, Indiranagar and Koramangala are the top pick-up and drop locations in Bengaluru.
“Depending on the number of bookings made from or to particular locations, Ola has curated a list of prime pick-up and drop locations across cities. In Bengaluru, these included Electronic City, Indiranagar, Cox Town and Koramangala while in Delhi they were the airport, Connaught Place and Asola. In Hyderabad, these included Charminar, HiTech City and Dilsuknagar. Most of the areas are a mixture of commercial, IT and residential hubs where to frequent commute becomes necessary,” the report adds.