AHMEDABAD: Have you been feeling that you are reaching home faster than earlier after the month-long extensive traffic drive jointly undertaken by city police and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC)? Statistics support your hunch as a study has revealed that average travel time has reduced by 5-7 minutes per trip.
The study compared travel time taken by Amdavadis on city roads in August 2017 and 2018 and found it has reduced by 16% per trip.
Prof Shivanand Swamy, executive director of Centre of Excellence in Urban Transport, CEPT University, said an average return trip taken by a citizen is about 15 kilometres. “We had carried out a detailed study in August 2017, measuring the time taken by a commuter from the city centre – Kalupur Railway Station – in different radii extending from 2.5 km to up to 15 km with the help of . The average trip time was 40 minutes then which has now reduced to 33-35 minutes, ” he said.
The post-drive study ‘Impact of Effective Street Parking Management in Ahmedabad City’ was conducted by CEPT team including Prof Swamy, Dr Shalini Sinha, Dr Nikita Bhakuni and Jignesh Panchal.
Interestingly, the bigger beneficiaries are those living in the eastern part of the city. “Higher car density and ongoing construction for Metro project are factors slowing down traffic in western parts. Significantly, the reduction in travel has to be appreciated considering rise in number of vehicles in past one year,” said Prof Swamy.
The study also underscored another important fallout of the traffic drive— rise in citizens opting for public transport. As per the team members, compared to an average of 1.4 lakh citizens boarding the BRTS daily, the number has climbed to 1.7 lakh.
“The ongoing crusade has revealed impact of removing on-the-road parking. We believe that a sustained implementation can further reduce the time as citizens get attuned to obeying the rules,” added Prof Swamy.
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