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Want to drive to Delhi, but not sure which highway or link to take for a smooth ride without being caught in jams?

delhi Updated: Feb 04, 2011 23:53 IST
Darpan Singh

Want to drive to Delhi, but not sure which highway or link to take for a smooth ride without being caught in jams?

A high-tech surveillance system will ensure live feeds on traffic scene on stretches such as DND Flyway or Kalindi Kunj bridge in the city. Modalities are being worked out to post feeds on the Noida authority website. For those already driving, such information can be obtained on the phone too. The authority will start a toll-free number by the end of this year.

"People can log onto our website or call up a certain toll-free number and take stock of vehicular flow on roads before venturing out. In case of major snarls, commuters will also be briefed on alternative routes," Mohinder Singh, chairman of the three authorities here, said. Such facilities are available in countries such as Philippines.

The surveillance system will also help in overall traffic management and, during construction of flyovers and underpasses, traffic cops would get real-time assessment before deciding on diversions. This will save commuters from getting stuck in jams. "Real-time feeds will tell traffic cops where their presence and action is needed," Singh said.

“Cameras would be mounted at vantage points, entry points, main crossings, market and public places to be monitored round-the-clock by a state-of-the-art control room. We will be integrating the data and mapping it with geographical information systems (GIS) technology," Singh said.

Only on Thursday, a sand-laden truck brought the city to a standstill for more than three hours. About 5,000 cars remained stuck on more than one-km stretch from Noida Park to GIP Mall. The new system will help traffic police avert such maddening snarls and put the traffic back on track.

The traffic police have for long been struggling top come with an effective diversion plan following the closure of sector 37 and Rajnigandha crossings to allow construction work. This traffic plan is actually part of a bigger plan to provide secure living