Delhi drivers are among the most harrowed and angry of their lot around the world, claims a recent survey conducted by global IT giant IBM.
Aptly named the ‘Commuter Pain Index’, the survey was conducted among 8,042 respondents across 20 cities on six continents to provide ‘a unique look into the interplay between traffic congestion and human emotions’.
When it came to traffic congestion, negatively impacting stress levels of drivers, Delhi, with its ever-expanding vehicular population, currently estimated at 65 lakh, and the dubious distinction of witnessing the loss of at least two lives in hit-and-run accidents every day, has been ranked the seventh worst city to drive in.
While Bangalore is on the eighth spot, Montreal, with its Commuter Pain Index score of 21 and Mexico City scoring 108, were ranked the best and the worst, respectively.
“Traffic negatively impacts stress levels, physical health and productivity,” claims the survey. “Eighty-six per cent of the respondents in Beijing, 87% in Shenzhen, 70% in New Delhi and 61% in Nairobi report traffic as a key inhibitor to work or school performance.”
Not only were respiratory problems due to traffic congestion found to be most prevalent in China and India but some 42% of respondents globally reported increased stress and 35% reported increased anger.
The latter can be seen to being effectively proved through incidents such as the mowing-down of a 47-year-old Traffic Police Head constable and his colleague by a speeding taxi on the DND Expressway on September 28.
In fact, road rage seemed to be at its worst during the beginning of 2011, with incidents such as that of the death of a young restaurant manager at the hands of a Jet Airways pilot in central Delhi’s Khan Market on January 11 this year.
Three days later, a Delhi Police constable was thrashed within an inch of his life when he tried to intervene in an altercation between the occupants of a car and two men on a motorcycle who had grazed against the four-wheeler in outer Delhi’s Sultanpuri.
“Sixty seven percent of drivers in Mexico, 63% in Shenzhen and Delhi and 61% in Beijing said they had decided not to make a driving trip in the last month due to anticipated traffic,” the survey added.