It is not just road and flyover projects that are struggling to meet the Commonwealth Games deadline. Delhi police’s ambitious Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) has also failed to make much progress.
Senior police officers accept that with this kind of pace, the information technology-based traffic management system might not available even on key Delhi roads and intersections.
With 19 months left for the Games, even a detailed project report is not ready. Delhi Police recently signed an agreement with a joint venture of RITES and a German company Dr Brenner Ingenieurgesellschaft to prepare the road map for the project.
Experts feel it would take at least one year from the date the contract is awarded to have the traffic system in place.
“The Delhi Police are going for variable message signage system. It will require detectors to be place under the roads, installation of cameras and their connectivity. It is not a very easy thing to do and will take time,” said P.K.Sarkar, head—transportation, School of Planning and Architecture.
Ironically, in 2006 Delhi Police had launched an ITS-based pilot project in Delhi. Three years hence, they are still groping in dark.
In first phase, Delhi traffic police plans to connect 302 traffic signals on 87 corridors spread on about 210 kilometres of road network to be taken by athletes and visitors to move from the airport to the Games Village and various venues in south, north and east Delhi.
According to Delhi Police commissioner Y.S.Dadwal, the consultants will submit the detailed project report by end of April 2009 after which they will call tenders.
“Twenty-one companies had made their presentations recently. So we now know the kind of technologies and traffic solutions are available. The consultants will suggest us the right technology for the kid of traffic we have in Delhi. Based on those specifications, we will call tenders,” said a senior Delhi Police officer.
“It should take 3-4 months to finalise the contract from the date DPR is placed,” he added.