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With growth comes epic gridlock in Mumbai and Manila

A Mumbai street is clogged with cars and pedestrians in mid-September. (Photo by Keiichiro Asahara)

MUMBAI/MANILA -- Traffic jams are a part of life in India's urban centers. But Mumbai's roads take snarled to a whole new level. According to Numbeo, a database of living conditions in countries and big cities, only one place in the world has worse congestion: Kolkata. India knows gridlock.

To experience Mumbai's roads at their worst, visit the Haji Ali intersection in the south of the city. Cars converge there from four directions, forming start-and-stop lines several kilometers long at peak times. Driving from the Lower Parel district to the Breach Candy neighborhood, a distance of only about 7km, typically takes an hour.

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