With effective traffic management being the need of the hour in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has passed a proposal to install smart signals at 50 more busy junctions in the island city alone in the next one year. The civic body has already installed these intelligent traffic systems at 254 busy junctions, of which 132 are in the island city, 62 in the western suburbs and 60 in the eastern suburbs. Some of these junctions include Metro, Haji Ali, Mantralaya and Shivaji Park.
The newly proposed 50 locations include some of the busiest junctions including the Khada Parsi junction, Sion Hospital, Wadala flyover and Wadala station, Khargate junction, Arora cinema, Ruia College junction in Matunga, Dadar TT junction and Maheshwari Udyan among others. The work will be undertaken at an estimated cost of Rs 9 crore.
This new system is to centrally control traffic signals in the city, using real-time data received from sensors or detectors that are installed under the surface of the road. “These sensors calculate the number of vehicles passing through the road and depending on the traffic density on a particular junction, signal timmings can be increased or decreased automatically from the control room. This sort of an advanced system has been in place in many developed cities,” said additional municipal commissioner Rajiv Jalota.
The proposal was passed in the standing committee meeting of the civic body on Wednesday. There are in all 583 traffic junctions in the city.
“With the increasing number of vehicles on the roads of the city, traffic management is essential, but the proposal includes junctions only within the island city and not in the western and eastern suburbs. Effective management of traffic is possible only if we introduce this system in the suburbs also,” said Shiv Sena corporator and standing committee member Dr Anuradha Pednekar. Apart from the smart signals, the civic body on Wednesday also passed the proposal of installing 25 more solar-powered traffic signals in the city. The estimated cost of the installation and maintenance is Rs 29 lakh.