In an otherwise fast-paced city, traffic snarls are a common phenomenon. With an increasing number of vehicles and deteriorating condition of roads in the city, the Mumbai Traffic Police department will soon be coming out with a solution to ease the traffic woes of motorists.
The traffic police have decided to implement the Variable Messaging System (VMS), wherein electronic signs, put up at some distance from busy junctions, will inform motorists of alternate routes that they can take to avoid the traffic.
The motorist can then chose whether to take the alternate route or not. This plan could help divide the traffic on two different routes, resulting in smoother movement.
“We are planning to implement this as traffic jams in the city are only increasing. There is no way we can reduce the number of vehicles on the road. Hence, we have come up with this plan,” said a traffic police officer, requesting anonymity.
The motorist would need to keep an eye out for the VMS near traffic signals. An alternate route will be given to motorists for every destination.
The plan will first be executed and tested in busy junctions and later executed throughout the city. “The signs will be put up in such a way that the motorist has a few minutes to decide what he/she wants to do. This could be a solution to the traffic woes,” said Brijesh Singh, additional commissioner of police (traffic).
The alternate route may at times be longer than the usual route motorists would take, but it would be less congested, reducing over-all travel time.
The plan will first be implemented on a temporary basis. Its continuation will be based on the repsonse of motorists.