It seems like just yesterday, when we were celebrating the arrival of Ganesh Chaturthi with pomp and festive. However, it’s already time to bid goodbye. Hoards of dedicated devotees are set to march out of their homes and proceed for the annual tradition of immersion. Ganpati visarjan envelopes the city in a state of grand celebration and the problem of traffic jams is inevitable. While most Mumbaikars prefer to stay at home, many cannot avoid getting out. Here’s a list of tools you could use before heading out to plan a smarter route: Also Read - How to find nearest COVID-19 vaccination centre in 3 simple waysAlso Read - ISRO joins hands with MapmyIndia to develop a Google Maps rival
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Mumbai-based start-up Birds Eye System’s (BES) app called Traffline gives instant live updates. Brijraj Vaghnani and Ravi Khemani, co-founders of BES, developed this app that functions on a network of GPS trackers across the city and provides continuous updates on most routes. For instance, if a commuter wants to know about the traffic condition between JJ and Marine Drive, the app will inform him or her about traffic density using colour codes for heavy, moderate or smooth drives. This app is endorsed by the Mumbai Traffic Police. The app is available on iOS, Android and Blackberry platforms.
Waze is yet another popular navigation app that provides live traffic updates, turn-by-turn information based on user submitted travel time and route details. Developed by an Israeli start-up, it was acquired by Google in 2013. Waze won the Best Overall Mobile App award at the 2013 Mobile World Congress. The app is available on iOS and Android.
Google Traffic is a feature on the very popular Google Maps that displays traffic conditions in real-time. Working on crowd sourced information, Google Traffic displays updates analysing GPS-determined locations transmitted by users. The app is available on iOS and Android.
MapMyIndia added real-time traffic services to its apps on Windows and Android last year. Collecting traffic data from a host of sources, MapMyIndia has also have teamed up with government agencies for updates on real-time road incidents. The app is available on , iOS,Windows and Android.
Try and avoid taking your personal vehicle out on the streets tomorrow to reduce congestion. SmartMumbaikar offers carpooling facilities across the city to ease traffic worries. You can share a taxi, a personal car or a bike ride with verified users across Mumbai just by signing up on their website and give missed call on their dedicated number whenever you want to head somewhere. They claim to provide you a ride to your destination in less than ten minutes. Less vehicles on the road inevitably equals to less traffic. Also, you share the fare, therefore you save money as well! During the massive jams that you might encounter on visarjan, this service also lets you meet new people and have company to share the traffic misery with. They currently have a 2 months free subscription plan going on, so you don’t have to pay anything.
You can also give a shout out on Twitter to many handles like @WeAreMumbai, @smart_mumbaikar and @trafflineMUM to get them to answer most of your real-time traffic queries in minutes. These handles are active all day and sufficiently accurate in their information. You can also share traffic updates on Twitter tagging these handles to let other Mumbaikars know about the jams in the city. It’s best to travel smart tomorrow.