A hidden cause of traffic jam in Mumbai

If you are an inhabitant of the famous Indian city, Mumbai, you might have experienced the problem of getting stuck in traffic while traveling on the roads. Have you ever tried to explore the possible causes of it.

Few of the causes might be like unplanned road construction, narrow roads etc. Here we are not discussing statistics of various causes of the traffic clog rather the observation this author made while traveling on the roads of Mumbai.

This author feels that excessive number of vehicles that are parked along the road sides are an important cause of slowing of traffic in various parts of Mumbai .

Cars and scooters are found stranded all along the road sides of various roads. Sometimes I doubt are these vehicles legally allowed to be kept alongside the roads or are the people who are responsible to take action against it are reluctant.

Hope the people with legal authority to deal with these issue will someday scan these roads for these huge number of parked vehicles and take some action to decompress the suffocating traffic 🚥 jam, atleast to some extent .

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5 thoughts on “A hidden cause of traffic jam in Mumbai”

  1. Mumbai Traffic will never improve as Mumbai is ruled by wrong people in traffic commissioner position with no experience and no concern for city. Basic traffic laws are not obeyed and people break signal all time and Mumbai traffic cops are busy making money on such people and what possibly they can do as they are loaded with burden of traffic with no by law enforcement support. Traffic JCP only sits in office and watch CCTV. Rickshaw drivers at so many places are running share passenger business by taking too much money for fare and sometimes not wearing uniforms and Police know very well about it and nothing gets done.
    If you want to go to Bandra Kurla complex from Bandra station you are charge to death. Andheri same story and Bandra west is worst for auto. Traffic Police knows all but they do not pay attention we all know why.One common man break red light or on phone by mistake or not wearing helmet then he is not spared but Auto person taking 5 people and going in wrong way is spared and that is Mumbai Traffic laws for you. Auto and Taxi go wherever they want to go. Common citizen is harassed but who cares about them.
    But by having negative people ruling top position in traffic its mere rhetoric and very slim chances that Mumbai situation will improve.
    Unless state government takes drastic steps on these issues.
    I am glad due to social media I am expressing my concern and voice up to you. I would like to thank Face Book for giving me this opportunity to speak my mind and fact.
    Sad part is Mumbai is still in same pathetic condition despite of good highway and more bridges due to growing population as well as Government giving blind eye to this beautiful cities traffic issues and these issues have been left up to certain people to handle who are not capable to handle them.
    Satyanand Gaitonde
    Jai Hind.

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    1. Welcome Mr. Gaitonde at this blog and thanks for your wonderful comment. Overall you have nicely briefed the situation in Mumbai.

      In the monsoon things go much worse because of the pot holes in the roads. I don´t totally blame the ground staff as responsible for the menace, although its undoubtedly true that they are not doing their work with honesty and dedication and simultaneously don´t allow those with good will to do their work.

      This city will never be like Toronto or London, at least not in next 10 decades, you can bet on that.

      I have a strong feeling that its the politically elected people are the person´s who can only bring true change. Because when you whip from the top the lower level staff do their work properly and it has been evident in some of the Indian states where out of track new type of politicians have come up, may be Delhi or West Bengal be a good example.

      I feel pathetically bored to discuss about this corrupt system, all is you spoil your own mood, rest of the things remain unchanged.

      Although it might sound shameful, however, I prefer to stay forgetting all this and prefer not to see or talk about the dark sides, it eases your pain and the corrupt set of politicians want that only from us.

      One mistake our forefathers did is taught us patriotism, that makes us feel sad when we see corrupt system. Not sure if we too should keep propelling this message of patriotism to our progenies.

      Nevertheless, God bless India!

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      1. Thank you very Dr Sumanta Saha for replying to my Blog what you say is absolutely correct. Unfortunately right now I am in Canada and will be visiting Mumbai by end of this year as in the meantime I am planning to go on Canadian Television channel and make you tube video as well as planning to have cruise conference lets see we will keep trying I emailed all the concern ministers but no one got back to me it is unfortunate I have so much expertise in traffic but people in ruling position do not wish to use my knowledge kindly stay connected with me and we will continue our social battle for our city and our country as once we implement in Mumbai we can go all over India it will take time I agree with you. But we can not give up.

        Jai Hind.

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  2. It is difficult for me being Traffic expert in North america and my experience with Traffic to share with Mumbai police with their lack of knowledge in world traffic science. I tried my best with JCP Bharambe to explain few points and my research and study over the years in traffic. But I was not able to put point across as probably I was too intelligent to explain and my level of explanation was at very high level. I must use ground level with them next time.
    The Indian Road Situation- Research states that each day 1,400 new cars are added to the streets of Delhi alone and many more in Mumbai. Add to that the number of buses, autos and other commercial vehicles. Cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai have existed since colonial times, and there has been an exponential rise in their population post-independence. But owing to the pre-colonial infrastructure it’s not possible to give these cities a complete overhaul in terms of road infrastructure and mass transportation. Newer metropolises like Bengaluru and Hyderabad are already riddled with bad traffic. To manage the growing traffic, we need an intelligent traffic system with the help of traffic technology solutions that has already been adopted by various cities across the world.
    What is traffic intelligence and how’s the world benefiting from it- Traffic intelligence includes using technology for data collection, reducing congestion on the roads, road safety, road intersection control, sensors, smart signals and more.
    Manhattan is seeking to control its traffic situation with the help of Midtown in Motion, a traffic intelligence programmer that has wirelessly controlled traffic controllers installed at intersections. It will provide real time data and relay traffic data to the traffic management center with the help of field sensors, RFID readers and cameras.
    Michigan on the other hand is powered by a system called Intellistreets which is a wireless network of dimmable, programmable LED street lighting that offers road safety, traffic detection and energy conservation. The lamp poles are fitted with a microprocessor each so that they can operate independently and can route around a damaged unit. They also have cameras and sensors to monitor traffic flow. These LED lights can be programmed to show traffic warnings, directions to large crowds or advertisements.
    Now you tell me how I am going to implement all this Mumbai traffic and having ignorant and people with no experience in Commissioner chair.
    Jai Hind.

    This is also one of my blog which I am sending it to you Dr Saha

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    1. Hello, Mr. Gaitonde,

      It´s quite apparent that you have a huge knowledge about traffic system. I appreciate your enthusiasm to do something for your home country. Hope, the policy makers of this country also would have had thoughts alike yours.

      In my view, if you really want to bring change in this country, you probably have to consider to get elected politically, and if you can really flourish the assembly house with like minded good people than only implementing something new or amending something old is possible. Otherwise, rest of the ways to get work done my them is not only painstaking often futile.

      Nevertheless, I don´t want to push your moral down, and wish you all the best with your goals to bring in the changes you dream for your homeland.

      Good luck!

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