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Delhi: soon, navigate your way through traffic

delhi Updated: Jul 07, 2013 02:14 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times
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The Delhi traffic police is set to provide motorists with a high-tech solution to beat traffic jam and find their way through the jungle of roads to reach their destination safely and quickly.

The traffic police is going to revamp its website, so that it can help commuters find jam-free routes and get directions in real time to reach their destination through a navigator.

The process of updating the website will soon be completed, making it interactive many additional features such as real-time traffic alerts, variable message signs, traffic signal timings and road conditions among others.

“The revamped website would be launched within a month and half and is expected to help road users in a big way,” said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic). He said that the navigator would guide the motorists on Delhi map. It can be accessed on desktops, laptops, palmtops or smart phones.

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According to traffic police, while road navigation applications are available in some high-end mobile phones, the application on Delhi traffic police website could be accessible over the basic mobile phones also.

A dedicated team, which handles the traffic police’s interactive Facebook account and provide traffic updates through SMS, would upload information on the website as well.

On the phone, they would gather real-time information from their field officers and update the same on the website, said a police officer.

They would update information about the traffic situation on the arterial routes, diversion plans, restrictions imposed on traffic movement for any rally or dharna or VIP movement and also on the traffic police drives and campaigns.

Besides, people will be able to register a complaint by using the online complaint cards on the revamped site.

This is, however, an old project that did not materialise. Ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2010, the traffic police had announced to update its website by associating with the Google Map. The project, however, failed to kickstart owing to “technical reasons”.

Even as the traffic police seem confident about the success of the project, people are sceptical about how they would manage so many things.

The traffic police have failed to deliver on their promise to introduce hi-tech projects such as intelligent traffic system, infrared-based speed interceptors, speed cameras and e-challan system.

A few IT companies have prepared prototypes of the new version of the website and traffic police are in the process of finalising one of them, said Shukla.

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