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Last Updated : Jun 11, 2019 04:13 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

10 most congested cities in the world: Guess which Indian city takes top spot?

The '2018 Traffic-Index' studied 403 cities in 56 countries to understand congestion levels or the excess time it took commuters to travel from point A to B. The travel time increases by 65% in the city that takes the top spot on this list.

Here’s a list of the 10 most-congested cities as per the 'Traffic-Index 2018' study compiled by location technology specialist TomTom. The study surveyed traffic jams across 403 cities to determine congestion levels that can increase travel time (percentage) by using various parameters. (Image: Reuters)
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Here’s a list of the 10 most-congested cities as per the 'Traffic-Index 2018' study compiled by location technology specialist TomTom. The study surveyed traffic jams across 403 cities to determine congestion levels that can increase travel time (percentage) by using various parameters. (Image: Reuters)

Recife, a Brazilian city with a population of around 15 lakh, is the tenth most congested city in the world, as per the ‘Traffic-Index 2018’ study. It experiences higher than normal traffic between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. in the morning and between 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the evening. (Image: Reuters)
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No 10. Recife | The city in northeast Brazil has a population of around 15 lakh and occupies the 10th spot on the list. It experiences the heaviest traffic between 7 am and 8 am and between 5 pm to 6 pm. (Image: Reuters)

The Latin American capital, Mexico City, is at the ninth spot with a congestion level of 52 percent. However, it is one of the very few cities that has seen no change (rise or fall) in its congestion levels since 2017. (Image: Reuters)
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No. 9 Mexico City | The Latin American city is at the ninth spot with a congestion level as high as 52 percent, which means travel time increases significantly by almost more than half. However, it is one of the very few cities that has seen no change (rise or fall) in its congestion levels since 2017. (Image: Reuters)

Next in line is the Thai city of Bangkok. While most people would know it for its vibrant street life and ornate shrines, the high congestion (53 percent) in the city earned it a spot on the global ranking, making it the eight most congested city in the world. (Image: Reuters)
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No 8. Bangkok | The capital of Thailand is know for its vibrant street life and ornate shrines. With a congestion level of 53 percent, the city has been ranked eighth on the list. (Image: Reuters)

Jakarta, the sprawling metropolis on the Indonesian island, holds the seventh spot in the world ranking of the most congested cities. It has a traffic congestion of 53 percent, down from 61 percent in 2017. During the day, the city witnesses maximum traffic somewhere between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Image: Reuters)
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No 7. Jakarta | The sprawling metropolis on the Indonesian island holds the seventh spot with traffic congestion of 53 percent, down from 61 percent in 2017. During the day, the city witnesses maximum traffic between 5 pm to 7 pm. (Image: Reuters)

Straddling the continents of Europe and Asia across the Bosphorous, the city of Istanbul holds the title of the second most congested city in Europe, while coming sixth in line in the world ranking. A 30-minute drive in the city during the morning and evening peak hours takes almost double the time to reach one’s destination. (Image: Reuters)
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No 6. Istanbul | Straddling the continents of Europe and Asia, Istanbul in Turkey holds the title of the second most congested city in Europe, while occupies the sixth in global rankings. A 30-minute drive in the city during rush hour can double the time to it takes to reach one’s destination. (Image: Reuters)

The Russian capital, Moscow, witnessed a congestion level of 56 percent in 2018 with a marginal decrease of 1 percent since 2017. However, the average daily congestion in the city on the worst day could be as high as 125 percent, hence proving to be a menace to the general public. (Image: Reuters)
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No 5. Moscow | The Russian capital, witnessed a congestion level of 56 percent in 2018 with a marginal decrease of 1 percent as compared to 2017. However, the average daily congestion in the city on the worst day could be as high as 125 percent, hence proving to be a menace to the public. (Image: Reuters)

Another Indian city that managed to find its way into the top 5 is New Delhi. Although the congestion level is at 58 percent, the city’s traffic has seen a decrease of 4 percent since 2017, according to the study. While one might witness a congestion of up to 73 percent during the morning peak hours, manouevring your way through the city’s streets during the evening peak hours might prove to be an unwise decision as the traffic levels sometimes shoot up to 93 percent. (Image: Reuters)
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No 4. New Delhi | The capital of India finds its way to the top 5 with a congestion level of 58 percent. The city’s traffic has seen a decrease of 4 percent congestion since 2017. While one might witness congestion of up to 73 percent during morning rush hour, manoeuvring your way through the city’s streets during the evening might prove to be unwise as traffic levels sometimes shoot up to 93 percent. (Image: Reuters)

One of South America’s largest cities, the Peruvian capital of Lima ranks third in the list of most congested cities. The congestion level here has seen a whopping rise of 8 percent since 2017, currently pegged at 58 percent. On its worst day, the traffic in the city may go as high as 83 percent. (Image: AP)
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No 3. Lima | One of the largest cities in South America, the Peruvian capital ranks third on the list. The congestion level here has seen a whopping 8 percent rise since 2017, currently pegged at 58 percent. On worst days, traffic in the city can get as high as 83 percent. (Image: AP)

At second position is the Colombian city of Bogota. It has a congestion level of 63 percent. The city’s traffic has seen a rise of 1 percent since 2017. The congestion on Bogota's highways is higher than on its non-highways. (Image: Reuters)
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No 2. Bogota | Taking the second spot on the list is the Colombian city that has a congestion of 63 percent. The city’s traffic has seen a rise of 1 percent since 2017. (Image: Reuters)

Mumbai grabs the top spot in this list, earning itself the title of world’s most congested city. With a congestion level of 65 percent, it beats 403 others to clinch the title. Factors such as the lack of road space, simultaneous infrastructure projects, low adherence to traffic rules and a high population and car density have been cited as the reason behind the high traffic. (Image: Reuters)
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No 1. Mumbai | The financial capital of India is the most most congested city in the world. Its congestion level peaks at 65 percent. Factors such as the lack of road space, simultaneous infrastructure projects, low adherence to traffic rules and high population and car density are the main reasons behind the high traffic. (Image: Reuters)

First Published on Jun 11, 2019 08:42 am
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