The 25 km long Noida Expressway is likely to become India's first public sector high-speed link to implement intelligent traffic management system (ITMS) officials said on Tuesday.
International agencies from France, Austria and Abu-Dhabi have shown interests in the project of implementing this high-tech traffic management system, which as claimed by officials will curb rampant accidents and ensure safe ride on this road, which connects Delhi with Yamuna Expressway.
Participation of international agencies in this project has left officials surprised and enthusiastic.
“The authority is likely to select an agency in next one month. And the work on this project will begin on ground in first week of January next year. Once the work begins, we will complete this project in 6 months to ensure a safer ride to commuters,” said Sandip Chandra senior project engineer of the Noida authority.
Officials told that Steria a France based agency is the world’s first to implement ITMS on an Expressway in France. Another agency- Afkon from Austria had implemented this high-tech system on India’s high-speed link - Yamuna Expressway. And third agency- Abu-Dhabi based falcon has expertise in dealing with railway traffic management.
“The authority will first time allot R 43 crore mega project through a global tender process. Yamuna Expressway has this system, but it does not send traffic violation and other details to police and other emergency control rooms. But ITMS on Noida Expressway will be completely high-tech in all senses,” said Chandra.
After frequent deaths in road accidents in December on this road, the Noida authority has got ‘safety audit’ done of this entry restricted road by a central road research institute (CRRI).
The new system will work on latest 4G (not on 3 or 2G) spectrum to deliver traffic updates through a wireless network.
“Digital display boards to be put at smaller distances on the Expressway will inform commuters about a traffic disruption, congestion, accident and other conditions well in advance to avoid inconvenience for precaution,” said another official.
The system will need setting-up 144 CCTVs at each 1 km distance for better monitoring, and enforcement of traffic rules said officials.
According to police 2-3 accidental deaths each week are reported on this road.
“Over speed, sudden halting of vehicles and poor traffic management including poor policing to curb traffic violations are some of the reasons that the Expressway has turned into a death trap,” said authority official, requesting anonymity.