BRTS routes all set to get smarter,rest will keep making you stagger

The city’s Bus Rapid Transit System will see the introduction of an intelligent traffic management system,complete with ‘smart’ signals and traffic ‘squares’.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: March 8, 2009 5:31 am

Bus Rapid Transit System to have intelligent traffic management system

The city’s Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) will see the introduction of an intelligent traffic management system,complete with ‘smart’ signals and traffic ‘squares’. But this system will be limited only to the BRTS route,while the rest of the city will be left to deal with traffic congestion.

According to D Thara,the former director of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) projects,the intelligent traffic system will involve changing the traffic circles to traffic squares. These will be designed in such a way that the movement of traffic on one side of the road will not hamper traffic diversions to the right or left from the same road. Traffic will be directed separately with other signals.

Earlier,when the signals turned green,people moved straight and also onto the diversions,which led to accidents. Now,the movement of traffic will be directed from all four sides in a systematic manner.

Work on a new traffic junction is now in progress at Nehrunagar,on the basis of the new model.

Later,all junctions falling on the BRTS route will be modified.

The traffic department in Ahmedabad has,however,shown a mixed response to the newly pronounced system.

Deputy Commissioner of Police M M Anarwala said: “The changes are coming due to the BRTS and this will certainly take the load off the traffic department. The traffic junctions have been designed in a new manner,but I don’t know how they will fare. The new structuring of junctions will need co-operation from the locals. Moreover,the locals need to be trained to follow the new system.”

The authorities have also set their plans to improve the traffic management in the city by installing ‘smart’ traffic signals. The Light Emitting Diode (LED) signals,which give a brighter and clearer view to drivers,will be installed at all major junctions. The signals are designed to alerts drivers in case of accidents,commotion and congestion. Thara said: “The signals will be centrally monitored and function automatically. They have already been installed at 21 junctions in the city.”

But Anarwala added: “The locals are only used to three signals on a traffic post. The new signals will give alerts to drivers for which the display board will be placed. The Central Control Centre will solely manage the entire system,but it will be a real task. The new signal is working only on Ashram Road,but it is not fully active. There will certainly be a contrast with the new system on BRTS and old ones on other roads. I do hope that the new system is installed all over the city.”

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