Yeh Wakt Mera Mujko Lautado, the transformation with Mumbai Metro
India’s biggest cities may be losing up to $22 billion annually to traffic congestion, and its commuters are bearing the burden.
On average, travellers in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata spend 1.5 hours more on their daily commutes than their counterparts in other Asian cities during peak traffic times, according to a report released by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and commissioned by Uber.
The situation in Mumbai:
Traffic flow in Mumbai was rated worst in the world in 2018 as per a report prepared by location technology specialist TomTom.
"Mumbai takes the top spot this year with drivers in the Indian city expecting to spend an average of 65 per cent extra travel time stuck in traffic. Next in the global rankings are Bogota (63 per cent), Lima (58 per cent), New Delhi (58 per cent) and Moscow (56 per cent), making up the top five most congested cities in the world," the report said.
Why it does it matter most to MSME Employees:
Unlike corporates which often provide their employees with transportation or defray travel costs, majority of the MSME employees receive no such benefits and are largely dependent on the public transport. MSMEs also may not have infrastructure to allow “Work From Home”.
A seldom discussed advantage of the Mumbai Metro is the connectivity it will offer to many MSME hubs in Mumbai. Once fully operational, it will offer the ease of commuting or rather the ease of living to MSME employees.