Exasperated seeing the roads of Indore getting choked with two-wheelers every day? Here is why.
A six-city preliminary study conducted by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has found out that Indore has the highest number of registered two-wheelers -- 429.2 vehicles for every 1,000 people.
The study, undertaken as the part of the Global Mobility Monitor Network (GMMN) project in India, covers Indore, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Guwahati. Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, Central Road Research Institute and IIM Bangalore are assisting IIS in this project.
According to the findings, 'Mini Mumbai' also has the highest share of households owning a vehicle (two and four wheelers). However, the number of registered cars per 1,000 population in Indore is 60.9 -- lowest among the six sample cities.
On another paradigm, the study reveals that the participation of women in the workforce has increased in all six sample cities. In Indore the increase is 36% since 1991, while this percentage increase in women workforce is highest for Bangalore.
The final and detailed results of the project, funded by Institute for Mobility Research in Germany, would be available in the final report which is likely to be released in May 2013.
The GMMN project is studying the present and future mobility patterns in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries, besides the US and Germany.
The first part of the project, which involved assessment of recent history and status quo of mobility in each of the sample cities, was completed recently. "The data was collected to arrive at various indicators of demography and economy, transport cost and policy, transport supply, and transport demand, which will be analysed to find correlation between the influencing factors and the indicators of mobility," said Ashish Verma of IIS, Bangalore, who is one of the five members to undertake this study in India.