Indians are fond of talking how bad their traffic is in their cities. Sorry Delhi - you've got the fourth-worst congestion. But you still wear the crown for worst air for a capital city. Be content with that.
The worst of anything leaves little room for pride, but that's not to say there aren't bragging rights. I find myself in the thick of it, in early 2020, residing in Mumbai and dealing with the worst traffic congestion in the world - and two years running at that.
Here's the Top 10 List of Most Congested Cities
9. Mexico City
Bangalore and Kolkata can sit down, with the rest of India. Until you make the Top 10 - no bragging rights.
I can't say that I'll be overjoyed if Mumbai is No. 1 again once the new findings for 2020 are out. Fortunately, I have a coping mechanism which helps me be relatively accepting of the facts. Fortunately, I have photography.
The header image was shot in Goregaon West a few years back at a busy intersection on S.V. Road. In hindsight I think it's a great image because it illustrates the typical layering of Mumbai traffic. From left to right, most cars and trucks, auto rickshaws and motorcycles, then people.
There are two big disadvantages of living in a city with the most congested traffic, apart from the longer-than-average travelling times for ridiculously short distances. The first, a lot of bad air and noise for pedestrians. Second, very few walking spaces for pedestrians. Add to the poor pedestrian spaces the fact that motorcyclists share many of Mumbai's footpaths with pedestrians, as the rule of law is seldom observed or enforced.
Well, that's all I have to say about this. What else is there to say? T