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Chennai, NFAPost: How many of you have complained or wondered about the time spent in office commute alone? Well, what you are thinking is right, as a recent survey says that Indians spend 7% of their day in office commute.

On an average, office goers in India spend three minutes per kilometre on the road. While in Chennai, average one-way commute of 21 km takes 50 minutes, it takes 49 minutes for just 15 km in Bengaluru. ‘Travel Time Report Q1 2019 vs Q1 2018’ released by office commute platform, MoveInSync Technology Solutions, for six key cities in India, reveals that an average Indian spends 7% of their day in commuting to office averaging less than 3 minutes per kilometre.

According to the report, Chennai surprises as the fastest city with a speed of over 25 kilometre per hour, whereas, NCR and Hyderabad crawl at nearly 21 km, and Pune at 20 km.

Mumbai and Bengaluru were found to be the slowest moving cities with average speed no more than 19 km per hour. The average travel speed across the six cities indicates that India’s IT corridor inches at 24.6 km per hour.

The report says that the average journey speed in Indian cities is low, particularly in cities with high car volumes as infrastructure in these cities is not commensurate with the conditions for sustainable transport. While Mumbai is the most car-congested city in the country with 510 cars for every kilometre of road, it is followed by Pune with 359, Kolkata with 319, Chennai with 297, Bengaluru with 149, and Delhi with 108 cars.

Monday blues

For all cities, Monday is the worst day based on average travel time. Data analysed for the Indian IT corridor through 2018 reveals that while it takes 51 minutes on Monday for Bengaluru, it takes 52 minutes travel time for Chennai. While the Best Day for Bengaluru is Tuesday, as it takes only 48 minutes travel time, in Chennai it falls on Friday, as it takes 49 minutes. Worst time of the day is 9 am and 6 pm for both Bengaluru and Chennai, as it takes 65 minutes to reach office in Bengaluru, it takes 63.5 minutes to reach in Chennai.

For Delhi-NCR, worst time is 8 am, as it takes 87 minutes to reach office.  The report also suggests to travel during non-peak hours – 7 am, 8 am and 10 am, and 5 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm in Bengaluru, and in Chennai at 7 am, 10 am and 11 am, and 4 pm, 5 pm, 8 pm and 9 and 10 pm. By altering or introducing flexi-work timing, a company’s employee has the potential of reducing the travel time by 20% to 40% or 25 – 50 mins a day, it adds.

Speaking about the report, Deepesh Agarwal, Co-Founder & CEO said, “In this report, we see that the average commute time has either increased or remained the same even if there has been a reduction in the average distance travelled to work. This can only be attributed to one thing and that is traffic congestion. A long commute time also hampers the productivity of an employee and as NITI AYOG has stated, the economic loss of congestion for India’s top 4 metros is estimated at $22 billion annually.”

Agarwal said that the governments at both the National and State-level have taken initiatives to strengthen the urban infrastructure and public transport system to address the twin challenges of pollution and congestion. “However, it is also in the interest of each one of us to take initiatives at our level or at an organisations’ level. From this report, we can see that an employee can save between 25 and 50 minutes a day by altering his or her office timing.”

Also, in the report it is said that Bengaluru experiences up to 22% faster commute time during Ugadi and 14% during Diwali and Christmas. Chennai saw a unique trend, during Holi and Christmas, the average kilometres travelled fell by 11% and 23%, respectively albeit with longer commute time. The month of August had the slowest commute time for Pune and Hyderabad.

Holi in Hyderabad saw a 6% reduction in average commute time with a 11% higher increase in distance travelled, this is inverse to Chennai. Pune saw the commute time reduce by 20% and 16% for Diwali and Ganesh Chaturthi, respectively. In Delhi-NCR, travel time reduced during Diwali, Christmas and Dussera between 13% – 20% with an increase of 7% during Eid. July is the worst month for office commute in Mumbai with the highest average commute time; Diwali and Ganesh Chaturthi see a reduction in commute time by 13% and 9%, respectively.


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