After missing two deadlines, the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd. (DIMTS) is going to inaugurate its operations control centre (OCC) on Friday.
This doesn’t mean that the badly managed traffic on the BRT corridor in south Delhi will ease soon, though that is the aim. But since the intelligent signalling system has not be laid on the entire bus corridor, it will be some time before commuters will be able to enjoy a smooth drive.
The installation of the intelligent signalling system, officials had said, will help monitor and manage vehicular movement in the chaotic corridor.
According to DIMTS, which is the consultant for the integrated transport system, complete laying of the signalling system will be done within a couple of months. The automatic intelligent signalling system (ISS) will be operational after that.
“The intelligent signalling system will be fully functional by end of next month,” said RK Verma, commissioner, department of transport, Delhi.
“The signalling system that includes red light speed cameras is laid and operational at nine junctions between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand. The ISS will be functional once the signalling system is laid up to Delhi Gate,” said a senior DIMTS officer.
Once operational, the OCC would monitor and control the signalling system for efficient management of traffic flow and also enhance reliability, efficiency, service quality of the corridor, claimed DIMTS.
The existing signalling system on 5.8 km BRT stretch is operational manually with pre-loaded commands in the system. Once the system is laid on the remaining 8.7 km between Moolchand and Delhi Gate, DIMTS will integrate the whole system to operate automatically. Officials said the system operations will include efficient operation of traffic signals, immediate notification in case of any fault in the system, error in signals and detecting traffic violation through cameras that will capture real time image of violators, among others.
The OCC will be the nerve centre for five integrated systems, including the ISS, automatic vehicle location system, automatic fare collection system, stage carriage operations including BRT and private stage carriage bus concession operations. chief minister Sheila Dikshit and transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, will inaugurate the OCC on Friday.