July 19, 2010 1:56:39 am
The installation of Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) is nearly complete at the BRT corridor between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand. While it has been stalling traffic for the past few weeks,the new system is expected to make the going smoother on the corridor that faces repeated traffic snags.
Before the system proves its efficiency,the commuters are expected to face more traffic jams over the weekend when these signals will be tested. During the weekend when traffic is comparatively lighter,the tests will be done. It will include checking how to phase traffic of each intersection optimally, sources said.
The work to install ITS had started more than a month ago. With the testing being completed on July 18,all traffic signals on the operational part of the pilot BRT corridor would be fitted with ITS.
Under the current scheme,seven junctions of the BRT corridor are receiving the ITS. Each junction has a minimum of 18 and maximum of 37 signals. All the signals are connected to a central control room at Kashmere Gate that will overlook the working.
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In addition to controlling traffic,the new signals will also help save power since the ITS controllers work with a voltage of 48 volts instead of the regular 230 volts. Depending on the time of the day,it can also increase and decrease the intensity of light emitted from the signals.
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