From August, all vehicles entering the city will be counted and classified according to their make through an electronic surveillance system that the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) plans to install at all the five entry points of Mumbai.
“The system will help us to analyse the number of vehicles that enter the city. We have called for tenders from parties interested in providing this service,” MSRDC spokesperson Vijay Kalam Patil said.
The corporation plans to put up an Automated Traffic Count and Classification System at the five entry points of Mumbai, Vashi on Sion-Panvel Highway, Mulund on Lal Bahadur Shastri Road and the Eastern Express Highway, Airoli Bridge on Airoli Mulund Road and Dahisar on the Western Express Highway.
This system will use radar, infrared or ultrasonic detectors including closed-circuit television cameras to record traffic data about the number of vehicles entering the city. This system will also classify vehicles based on their size.
The present estimate of the number of vehicles entering Mumbai is two lakh every day. However, there is no official verification, as the MSRDC has to rely on the figures given by toll operators.
MSRDC officials claim the system will help understand the road traffic density in Mumbai and subsequently in effective traffic management and infrastructure planning.
In July 2009, the MSRDC had planned to lease the city’s entry points to private toll collectors for Rs 2,100 crore.
The next month, Mumbai Entry Point Ltd emerged as the preferred bidder for the single toll collector.
Reliance Infrastructure filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court on May 17 claiming it was unfairly eliminated from the bidding race. The case is still being heard