New Delhi traffic
was down 17 per cent from 2019 levels. The gap has widened since last week. Mumbai’s traffic congestion has been lower than New Delhi’s. It showed a 42 per cent gap over the same period in 2019, according to data from location technology firm TomTom International (see chart 1). Both cities saw traffic congestion increase after June, but gains seemed to be plateauing last week.
Business Standard tracks levels of nitrogen dioxide. The pollutant is the result of industrial activity and vehicular emissions. Mumbai nitrogen dioxide numbers are little over 10 per cent of 2019 levels based on Bandra locality data. Delhi is closer to 70 per cent (see chart 2). This would suggest more economic activity in Delhi than in Mumbai. This may point to a more pronounced recovery in Delhi than in Mumbai after June.
The Indian Railways
had carried 7.4 per cent lower goods by quantity towards the end of June, and earned around 15.4 per cent less from freight compared to 2019. There has been recovery since, with the quantity of goods carried up 1.31 per cent for the weekend of August 22-23. Earnings from the transport of the goods was down less than three per cent. This shows signs of reversal. Both figures are worse for the weekend of August 29-30 (see chart 4).
Search engine Google tracks visits to various categories of places using anonymised location data. More people seem to have stepped out of home, shows the latest data as of August 25. Shopping for essentials like groceries and medicines have risen, going by the number of visits to such stores. Workplace visits are lower than the previous week (see chart 5).
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