Traffic jam
Traffic jam. Photo: Shivaphotography, Pixabay.

Does Traffic Congestion pose Health Hazards? Evidence from a Highly Congested and Polluted City

Research Brief
1 July 2023

Kanishka Kacker, Ridhima Gupta, Saif Ali


  • Nearly 5000 deaths per year in Delhi can be attributed to traffic congestion.
  • Increased traffic congestion worsens air quality. The worsening is greater when congestion is already at a high level.
  • A congestion charge on large private vehicles can offer large benefits with minimal disruption to the existing status quo.

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Publication reference
EfD Research Brief DP 23-20 MS 578
Publication | 3 July 2023