How many times, while driving to work, have you cursed when your car/bike got stuck in rush hour traffic? And how often have you wished you knew about the traffic snarl in advance so you could take a different route?
Your wish might not be too far fetched after all. There is a proposal to link about a handful of Delhi roads –– mainly central road stretches and those leading to the Commonwealth Games venues –– with an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) before the 2010 Games.
The system will collate various traffic-related data through both satellite technologies and close circuit television installed at traffic intersections to ease congestion. The information collected will be analysed in traffic control rooms across the city and you would be able to avail of the information about the traffic situation on your route through your mobile phone and radio.
There is a proposal to install giant monitors at various bus stops where traffic information would be flashed so bus drivers know about congestion on their respective routes.
Late last year, the Union Urban Development Ministry had given the nod to an Italian firm to conduct a study in Delhi to see the feasibility of introducing ITS applications. The UD Ministry had taken the approval of the Department of Economic Affairs before approving the study.
“The firm will submit their report by July and based on the report, we will decide the road stretches where ITS will be implemented,” said a senior UD Ministry official.
The same company has installed ITS back home in Italy and is also implementing it in Beijing. “The ITS will not only analyse traffic data, trends, congestion areas, emergencies and will provide real time traffic information to commuters but will also help in traffic management and enforcement,” said a Ministry official.”
Officials said technologies like Global Positioning System and Global System for Mobile Communication would be used to integrate the various transport networks. “It will not only help harmonise the traffic flow but will also help improve the air quality through decongestion. In short it will integrate the existing traffic subsystems to provide information to travellers,” said an official.
Since the implementation of this system involves huge cost it will be implemented in phases. “Initially it will be introduced in only a few selected stretches,” said the official.