The Delhi government wants to make travelling to and between Commonwealth Games venues hassle-free by putting in place a dedicated public transport travel plan for the event.
The project includes integration of all real-time information about buses,autos and Metro services available on the venue routes for subsequent streamlining. The compiled information will be available on a website.
To showcase how the integrated system can be accessed,a preview of the special transport arrangement,Delhi Demonstrator,has been planned from September 24. A fleet of 200 buses and 50 autos fitted with GPS devices will be pressed into service on the dedicated routes for the Games venues. A control centre will also be set up to plan,supervise and integrate real-time information of the services.
The project is part of a larger European venture called Smart Transport Applications Designed for large events with Impacts on Urban Mobility (STADIUM),which is also being implemented at other major event locations like in South Africa where the FIFA World Cup is in progress.
For the Games here,Thetis Spa,an Italian company with expertise on implementation of intelligent transport systems,will spearhead the project in association with Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS),Society for Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and Ashok Leyland.
Information can be accessed through mobile phones too. For instance,the arrival time of a bus at a stop and the required feeder services to get from one Games venue to another,using a route planner. The web address for the information and the link to connect to the system will be made available in the DIMTS website, Paolo Squillante,project coordinator of STADIUM,Thetis Spa,Italy,told Newsline over the phone.
Members of SIAM said the website will be in place by August,well before the Delhi Demonstrator takes off. Though the initiative is focussed on easy seamless travel for the Games,it is expected to pave way for such a system in the future.
The project will help set up the interactive website that will help in getting feedback and assist local transport bodies to upgrade their services, said Squillante. The chance to host a major event is a great opportunity to improve infrastructure and services,and bringing the city to a higher level of efficiency and quality even after the event.
The STADIUM project,an international cooperation project within the seventh framework programme of the European Union,headed by EU Directorate General for research and development,started in May 2009 and will run until April 2013. The project involves partners in Europe (including the London Olympics),South Africa (FIFA World Cup) and India (Commonwealth Games).