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These Google Maps pics show how some of the most crowded places in India are at least half empty in Unlock 1.0

These Google Maps pics show how some of the most crowded places in India are at least half empty in Unlock 1.0
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  • Google Maps has updated its service to show how crowded places are now.
  • We took a look at some of the most crowded places in India to see whether Indians are back on the road – however data suggests that some places have as low as just 10% of footfall when compared to pre-COVID times.
  • Google Maps also lets users add crowdedness information – with options like very crowded, not crowded and more.
After more than two months of nationwide lockdown, the Indian government has started lifting the lockdown gradually. However, Indians are not really rushing out of their homes to get back to work and resume their regular lives.

According to data obtained from Google Maps, some of the most crowded places in the country are yet to recover the footfalls. In some cases, the crowds are as low as just 10% of the usual, which suggests there is a long way to go before the Indian economy goes back to its normal.

To make things easier for its users, Google Maps has added the ability to see how crowded public transport like buses and trains are. The feature was announced by Google on June 8, and it is going live in India among several other countries.

“Getting from A to B can be more complicated these days. Because of COVID-19, it’s increasingly important to know how crowded a train station might be at a particular time or whether the bus is running on a limited schedule,” Google said in its official blog post.

People will also be able to contribute to the crowdedness information in Google Maps, the company noted.

How does this work?

Google uses location pings to determine the status of traffic and other information. This information is then used in Maps to show the traffic status in that particular area.

For example, when you navigate in Google Maps, it displays traffic status with green, orange and red lines – with green being the least amount of traffic, and red being the most.

Ameerpet Metro Station, Hyderabad

Ameerpet Metro Station, Hyderabad
Google Maps/Business India Insider

Traffic at Ameerpet Metro Station is currently less busy than usual.

Bengaluru KSR Junction

Bengaluru KSR Junction
Google Maps/Business India Insider

Traffic at Bengaluru KSR Junction is currently less busy than usual.

Chennai Railway Station

Chennai Railway Station
Google Maps/Business India Insider

Traffic at Chennai Railway Station is currently less busy than usual.

Chickpet, Bengaluru

Chickpet, Bengaluru
Google Maps/Business India Insider

Traffic at Chickpet is currently not too busy.

Connaught Place Market, Delhi

Connaught Place Market, Delhi
Google Maps/Business India Insider

Traffic at Connaught Place Market is currently less busy than usual.

Dadar Railway Station, Mumbai

Dadar Railway Station, Mumbai
Google Maps/Business India Insider

Traffic at Dadar Railway Station is currently less than half as busy.

Karol Bagh Market, Delhi

Karol Bagh Market, Delhi
Google Maps/Business India Insider

Traffic at Karol Bagh Market is currently less busy than usual.

Paradise Biryani, Secunderabad

Paradise Biryani, Secunderabad
Google Maps/Business India Insider

Traffic at Paradise Biryani is currently less busy than usual.

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