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Traffic system a no go, cops look at other projects

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 18, 2013
First Published: 00:15 IST(18/4/2013) | Last Updated: 00:23 IST(18/4/2013)

After failing to put in place the ambitious intelligent traffic system (ITS) despite several attempts in the past three years, the Delhi Police have taken up another  project. Called active traffic management system (ATMS), it is similar to the ITS.

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Recently, the Delhi Police had to return Rs. 300 crore to the ministry of home affairs as they were not able to implement the ITS in the last financial year. The police have appointed a private audit firm, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), as their full-time consultant for ATMS and other technology-based projects.

The consultant will advise Delhi police on all modernization projects that have either got stalled or lost momentum.

The consultant will study traffic flows on all roads and generate real-time congestion status of any road for motorists, said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic).

The ATMS has most components of the ITS. The system has been conceptualised to improve mobility, discipline and safety on Delhi roads that has seen increased traffic load.

The system will have traffic detecting sensors, CCTV cameras and speed-detection radars to facilitate 24X7 scanning and monitoring of vehicular traffic volume, traffic violations and active management of traffic lights. The system will ensure that maximum number of vehicles are cleared at any given time by giving precedence to roads with larger volumes and minimizing idle green signal time, said police.

The MHA had asked police to appoint a consultant for its technology-based projects and implement them as part of the 12th Five Year Plan.  “The newly appointed consultant is assisting us in identifying suitable firms that can imlpement technology-based projects for Delhi police,” said Sudhir Yadav, special commissioner of police (traffic).


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