A system to monitor traffic,cut down on accidents

In an effort to minimise road accidents on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway,the Noida Authority is planning on introducing a Rs 15-crore intelligent-transport system (ITS)

Written by Express News Service | Published: September 6, 2013 1:28 am

In an effort to minimise road accidents on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway,the Noida Authority is planning on introducing a Rs 15-crore intelligent-transport system (ITS). They system,which is expected to be put into operation by the end of the year,will constantly monitor and manage the flow of traffic on the route.

Meanwhile,police have put in a request for increase in police deployment on the road.

A detailed project report for the ITS has been prepared and officials said once in place,the system would reduce travel and incident-reaction time while helping with traffic regulation and surveillance.

“The system will measure traffic data in real time. It will detect incidents and road congestions and provide the information to commuters along the way. Information about road closures,stalled vehicles,diversions will be made available easily,” an official of the Noida Authority said.

LED display boards placed along the expressway will provide relevant information to the commuter. Safety devices such as reflective boards,median markers and road studs — recommended by the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) in their safety audit of the road — will also be put in place during the first phase of the project.

Police,who have often been criticised over lack for the lack of police presence on the stretch,said they had requested the government for more people to be able to man the expressway better. “There are only 101 officers in the traffic police. On an average,around 55 of them are working,” traffic superintendent of Gautam Buddh Nagar M P Singh said.

After the CRRI pointed out that pedestrians on the expressway were particularly at risk,the Noida Authority has planned to build a foot overbridge between Sectors 44 and 125 near Amity University at a cost of Rs 2.2 crore. The bridge is expected to be complete by the end of this year,while another one has been proposed near Sector 168.

The e-way toll

ACCIDENTS IN 2013

Month Dead Injured

February 1 4

March 2 1

April 2 2

May 5 17

June 6 7

*As per police sources

CCRI FACTS & FIGURES

* Sector 39 police station records the maximum number of fatalities and grievously injured persons

Deaths: 47.1 per cent of total

Injured: 35.7 per cent of total

* Time period for the highest number of accidents:

10 pm to 12 am (14.9 per cent)

Followed by 8 am to 10 am

(11.9 per cent)

12 pm to 2 pm (11.9 per cent)

* Hit & run cases: 13.4 per cent of mishaps

CRRI RECOMMENDS

* Fixing concrete guard rails,with retro reflective tape,to the service road on the sides of the carriageway at 25m

intervals

* Deploy optical speed bars — a series of pavement markings — every 4m

perpendicular to the median edge lines

* Expansion of existing service roads due to intense land development along the expressway

* Removal of debris from pedestrian path

*Install road markings and studs

FOR SAFETY OF PEDESTRIANS,TWO-WHEELERS

* Maintain footpaths

n Provide grade separated crossing

facilities at the required locations such as Amity University and HCL

n Constant vigil by patrol vehicles

n Providing two rows of metal beam crash barrier of 1m height

*According to CRRI report (2008-2012)

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